How should we report outcomes in reproductive medicine?

M. A. Gadalla* (Corresponding Author), R. Wang, M. van Wely, B. W.J. Mol

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Infertility, defined as the inability to conceive within 1 year of unprotected intercourse1, is estimated to affect as many as 186 million people worldwide2. Reproductive medicine aims to help these couples by offering them the best treatment option.

As individual perception of the effectiveness of any treatment is affected by bias, it is generally accepted that clinical practice should be based on scientific methods. The definition of evidence-based medicine was first introduced by Sackett as the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients3-5. To achieve this, knowledge should be sought in the medical literature to inform clinical decisions6. Reporting the most relevant and informative outcomes in clinical research, therefore, is mandatory for effective comparison between different interventions6.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-9
Number of pages3
JournalUltrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number1
Early online date3 Jan 2018
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2018


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