STrengthening the Reporting of OBservational studies in Epidemiology

Molecular Epidemiology STROBE-ME. An extension of the STROBE statement

Valentina Gallo, Matthias Egger, Valerie McCormack, Peter B. Farmer, John P A Ioannidis, Micheline Kirsch-Volders, Giuseppe Matullo, David H. Phillips, B. Schoket, Ulf Stromberg, Roel Vermeulen, Christopher Wild, Miquel Porta, Paolo Vineis

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Advances in laboratory techniques have led to a rapidly increasing use of biomarkers in epidemiological studies. Biomarkers of internal dose, early biological change, susceptibility, and clinical outcomes are used as proxies for investigating the interactions between external and/or endogenous agents and the body components or processes. The need for improved reporting of scientific research led to influential statements of recommendations such as STrengthening Reporting of Observational studies in Epidemiology (STROBE) statement. The STROBE initiative established in 2004 aimed to provide guidance on how to report observational research. Its guidelines provide a userfriendly checklist of 22 items to be reported in epidemiological studies, with items specific to the three main study designs: cohort studies, case-control studies and cross-sectional studies. The present STrengthening the Reporting of OBservational studies in Epidemiology e Molecular Epidemiology (STROBE-ME) initiative builds on the STROBE Statement implementing 9 existing items of STROBE and providing 17 additional items to the 22 items of STROBE checklist. The additions relate to the use of biomarkers in epidemiological studies, concerning collection, handling and storage of biological samples; laboratory methods, validity and reliability of biomarkers; specificities of study design; and ethical considerations. The STROBE-ME recommendations are intended to complement the STROBE recommendations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)844-854
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Epidemiology and Community Health
Volume66
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012

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STrengthening the Reporting of OBservational studies in Epidemiology : Molecular Epidemiology STROBE-ME. An extension of the STROBE statement. / Gallo, Valentina; Egger, Matthias; McCormack, Valerie; Farmer, Peter B.; Ioannidis, John P A; Kirsch-Volders, Micheline; Matullo, Giuseppe; Phillips, David H.; Schoket, B.; Stromberg, Ulf; Vermeulen, Roel; Wild, Christopher; Porta, Miquel; Vineis, Paolo.

In: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, Vol. 66, No. 9, 09.2012, p. 844-854.

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Gallo, V, Egger, M, McCormack, V, Farmer, PB, Ioannidis, JPA, Kirsch-Volders, M, Matullo, G, Phillips, DH, Schoket, B, Stromberg, U, Vermeulen, R, Wild, C, Porta, M & Vineis, P 2012, 'STrengthening the Reporting of OBservational studies in Epidemiology: Molecular Epidemiology STROBE-ME. An extension of the STROBE statement', Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, vol. 66, no. 9, pp. 844-854. https://doi.org/10.1136/jech-2011-200318
Gallo, Valentina ; Egger, Matthias ; McCormack, Valerie ; Farmer, Peter B. ; Ioannidis, John P A ; Kirsch-Volders, Micheline ; Matullo, Giuseppe ; Phillips, David H. ; Schoket, B. ; Stromberg, Ulf ; Vermeulen, Roel ; Wild, Christopher ; Porta, Miquel ; Vineis, Paolo. / STrengthening the Reporting of OBservational studies in Epidemiology : Molecular Epidemiology STROBE-ME. An extension of the STROBE statement. In: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 2012 ; Vol. 66, No. 9. pp. 844-854.
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