Journal of Postgraduate Medicine
 Open access journal indexed with Index Medicus & EMBASE  
     Home | Subscribe | Feedback  

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
[View FULLTEXT] [Download PDF
 
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 68  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 221-230  

The development of QERM scoring system for comprehensive assessment of the Quality of Empirical Research in Medicine - Part 1

Research Quality Improvement Group* 
 .

Correspondence Address:

Purpose: Whereas a large number of features are mentioned to connote the quality of medical research, no tool is available to comprehensively measure it objectively across different types of studies. Also, all the available tools are for reporting, and none includes quality of the inputs and the process of research. The present paper is aimed to initiate a discussion on the need to develop such a comprehensive scoring system (in the first place), to show that it is feasible, and to describe the process of developing a credible system. Method: An expert group comprising researchers, reviewers, and editors of medical journals extensively reviewed the literature on the quality of medical research and held detailed discussions to parse quality at all stages of medical research into specific domains and items that can be assigned scores on the pattern of quality-of-life score. Results: Besides identifying the domains of the quality of medical research, a comprehensive tool for scoring emerged that can be possibly used to objectively measure the quality of empirical research comprising surveys, trials, and observational studies. Thus, this can be used as a tool to assess Quality of Empirical Research in Medicine (QERM). The expert group confirmed its face and content validity. The tool can be used by the researchers for self-assessment and improvement before submission of a paper for publication, and the reviewers and editors can use this for assessing the submissions. Published papers can also be rated such as those included in a meta-analysis. Conclusion: It is feasible to devise a comprehensive scoring system comprising domains and items for assessing the quality of medical research end-to-end from choosing a problem to publication. The proposed scoring system needs to be reviewed by the researchers and needs to be validated.


How to cite this article:
Research Quality Improvement Group*. The development of QERM scoring system for comprehensive assessment of the Quality of Empirical Research in Medicine - Part 1.J Postgrad Med 2022;68:221-230


How to cite this URL:
Research Quality Improvement Group*. The development of QERM scoring system for comprehensive assessment of the Quality of Empirical Research in Medicine - Part 1. J Postgrad Med [serial online] 2022 [cited 2023 Jan 30 ];68:221-230
Available from: https://www.jpgmonline.com/article.asp?issn=0022-3859;year=2022;volume=68;issue=4;spage=221;epage=230;aulast=Research;type=0


 
Monday, January 30, 2023
 Site Map | Home | Contact Us | Feedback | Copyright  and disclaimer