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Table 1 Suggestions for discussing limitations of studies more transparently

From: Discussing study limitations in reports of biomedical studies- the need for more transparency

Section of paper Suggestions
Abstract At the end of the results section add one sentence highlighting the one or two main limitations of the study
Discussion Report on all limitations that may have affected the quality of the evidence being presented, including aspects of study design and implementation.
  Give the authors' view on how the limitations impact on the quality of the evidence and discuss the direction and magnitude of bias
  Do not restrict the discussion of limitations to aspects of internal validity and discuss where the limits of applicability of the results may lie
  Discuss the strengths of the study that may counterbalance or outweigh (some of) the limitations.
  Provide suggestions for future research specifically overcoming the limitations of the current study.