Improving social justice in observational studies

CIHR-funded, 4 year project led by Drs Vivian Welch, Sarah Funnell, Janet E Jull, and Lawrence C Mbuagbaw to develop an equity extension of the STROBE reporting guideline for observational studies. 

Health inequities can go frequently unreported in observational studies. This international group of scientists, educators, decision-makers, ethicists, funders, and patients, using an integrated knowledge translation approach, proposes to develop an extension to the STROBE (STrengthening the Reporting of OBservational studies in Epidemiology) guideline to deal specifically with these disparities. The project will embed a parallel stream focused on evidence related to Indigenous research. After assessing available guidance for reporting health equity in observational studies and assessing current reporting, they plan to seek international feedback, then conduct an evidence and consensus-driven process to develop a reporting guideline. The project started in January 2021. A series of empirical studies are planned, followed by a consensus meeting, with the final reporting guideline and statement expected in 2024.

See all the project details on the Open Science Framework.

STROBE-Equity Extension on the EQUATOR website