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Table 2 Completeness of reporting domains of methods sections with and without the writing aid tool

From: Impact of an online writing aid tool for writing a randomized trial report: the COBWEB (Consort-based WEB tool) randomized controlled trial

Domain Writing aid tool scores (0–10) No writing aid tool scores (0–10) Mean difference (95 % CI) P value
Mean (SD) Mean (SD)
Global score for completeness of reporting for all domains (primary outcome) 7.1 (1.2) 5.0 (1.6) 2.1 (1.5–2.7) <0.001*
Score for completeness of reporting for essential elements 7.8 (1.6) 6.4 (2.3) 1.4 (0.5–2.3) 0.002*
Completeness of reporting score by individual domain     
 Trial design 8.1 (2.3) 2.7 (1.9) 5.4 (4.1–6.7) <0.01**
 Randomization 8.4 (2.4) 4.6 (2.9) 3.8 (1.1–4.4) <0.01**
 Blinding 6.9 (2.0) 6.2 (2.3) 0.7 (–0.7 to 2.0) 0.44**
 Participants 6.7 (2.0) 4.5 (2.4) 2.2 (0.8–3.6) <0.01**
 Interventions 7.1 (1.5) 5.3 (2.0) 1.8 (0.7–2.9) <0.01**
 Outcomes 6.1 (2.1) 6.4 (3.0) –0.3 (–2.0 to 1.3) 0.78**
  1. *Mixed models
  2. **Student t-test