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Development and evaluation of a quality score for abstracts.


ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND:The evaluation of abstracts for scientific meetings has been shown to suffer from poor inter observer reliability. A measure was developed to assess the formal quality of abstract submissions in a standardized way. METHODS:Item selection was based on scoring systems for full reports, taking into account published guidelines for structured abstracts. Interrater agreement was examined using a random sample of submissions to the American Gastroenterological Association, stratified for research type (n = 100, 1992-1995). For construct validity, the association of formal quality with acceptance for presentation was examined. A questionnaire to expert reviewers evaluated sensibility items, such as ease of use and comprehensiveness. RESULTS:The index comprised 19 items. The summary quality scores showed good interrater agreement (intra class coefficient 0.60 - 0.81). Good abstract quality was associated with abstract acceptance for presentation at the meeting. The instrument was found to be acceptable by expert reviewers. CONCLUSION:A quality index was developed for the evaluation of scientific meeting abstracts which was shown to be reliable, valid and useful.

SUBMITTER: Timmer A 

PROVIDER: S-EPMC149448 | BioStudies | 2003-01-01

REPOSITORIES: biostudies

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