ISSN 1306-0015 | E-ISSN 1308-6278
Original Article
Knowledge and awareness of optimal use of reporting guidelines in paediatricians: A cross-sectional study
1 Hacettepe Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Çocuk Sağlığı ve Hastalıkları Anabilim Dalı, Çocuk Enfeksiyon Hastalıkları Bilim Dalı, Ankara, Türkiye  
2 Ankara Çocuk Sağlığı ve Hastalıkları Hematoloji Onkoloji Hastanesi, Ankara, Türkiye  
3 Hacettepe Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Halk Sağlığı Enstitüsü, Çocuk Sağlığı ve Hastalıkları Kliniği, Ankara, Türkiye  
Turk Pediatri Ars 2018; 53: 163-168
DOI: 10.5152/TurkPediatriArs.2018.6167
Key Words: Awareness, knowledge, pediatricians, reporting guidelines

Aim: The aim of this study was to investigate pediatricians’ ideas and awareness of reporting guidelines of scientific researches, as well as the use of these guidelines in routine practice.

Material and Methods
: This cross-sectional survey was conducted among pediatricians working at two of the largest pediatric hospitals in Ankara. The pediatricians were asked to complete a 13-item questionnaire in Turkish about reporting guidelines and the Enhancing the Quality and Transparency of Health Research internet network, and their level of knowledge, awareness, and use of these guidelines were investigated.

: A total of 224 physicians from both centers agreed to participate in the study (56.4% of the target population). The average age of the participants was 34±9.24 years, their median age was 31 (min-max: 24-63) years, and 71.4% were female physicians. The participants’ median duration in their careers was 6 (min-max: 1-39) years and 63.8% had participated in a scientific study as a researcher. Forty-five (20%) of the participants had known about the reporting guidelines before and reported that they had most frequently heard about them via journals, congresses, and seminars. Twenty (26.6%) of these physicians had used the guidelines. Sixty-five (29%) of the participants had served as a reviewer for a scientific article, but only three (4.6%) stated that they had made use of the guidelines while reviewing the articles. Some 83.5% of the participants reported that they would like to be informed about reporting guidelines. Both centers had similar knowledge levels about the use of the guidelines.

: The awareness and use of reporting guidelines of scientific researches by pediatricians is insufficient.

Cite this article as
: Karadağ Öncel E, Tanır Başaranoğlu S, Aykaç K, Kömürlüoğlu A, Öden Akman A, Kıran S. Knowledge and awareness of optimal use of reporting guidelines in paediatricians: A cross-sectional study. Turk Pediatri Ars 2018; 53(3): 163-8.

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