Table 4

Reporting of ITS study results and interpretation

Resultsn%
Participants
  • Characteristics in each study group

8470
  • Flow diagram of study participant selection

119.2
Outcomes
  • Reported all outcomes examined over the study period)

10587.5
  • Report the average, minimum and maximum number of outcomes across time intervals

2218.3
  • Reported level/trend changes

10789.2
  • Report absolute and/or relative changes and their significance, eg, clinical, policy and statistical

3529.2
  • Report CI or SE

9881.7
  • Graphical figures to display results

11192.5
  • Fitted lines (trend)

6457.6
  • Counterfactual lines

1412.6
  • Used time lag and showed it on figure in results

2367.6
  • Results of sensitivity analyses if relevant

320
Interpretation
  • Key results

11999.2
  • Context (related to possible confounding)

11397.4
  • Relevant co-interventions

5646.7
  • Stability of the participant characteristics over time

2420
  • Stability of outcome coding over time

2823.3
Limitations of the study
  • Discussion of limitations of the study

11495
  • Data variability/appropriateness of number data points

3125.8
  • Discussion direction/magnitude of any potential bias

4842.1