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Table 3 Reporting quality of key methodological items (n = 63)

From: Assessing the quality of reports about randomized controlled trials of scalp acupuncture combined with another treatment for stroke

Item Criteria Description Number of positive trials % Cohen’s к coefficient 95% CI
8 Randomization Description of the method used to generate the random sequence 19 30 0.79 0.63 to 0.95
9 and 10 Allocation concealment and implementation Description of the method used to implement the random allocation sequence assuring the concealment until interventions are assigned 2 3 1.00 1.00
11 Blinding Whether or not participants, those administering the interventions, or those assessing the outcomes were blinded to group assignment 6 10 0.91 0.75 to 1.08
15 Baseline data An outline of baseline demographic and clinical characteristics of each group 13 21 0.68 0.47 to 0.89
16 Intent-to-treat analysis No. of participants in each group included in each analysis and whether it was done by “intention to treat” 5 8 0.82 0.57 to 1.07