This topic thread will be used to discuss error analysis and consistency factors in RCT CONSORT diagrams. These may include transcribing errors and PDF/OCR
errors or syntax complications.
Current diagrams are not as user-friendly as they could be as they require transcribing from spreadsheets, clinical trials proprietary software or author narratives. The diagrams are an attractive alternative to scouring a full research paper and supplementary materials as they contain relevant information to see the research at a glance.
Finding the proportion of errors per function is an initial step to improving the interface to increase information accuracy, research transparency and to decrease researcher costs in terms of editing and cognitive reserve.
This is crucial as these diagrams are used to extract information for evidence synthesis as well as for trials. This means that avoidable errors can cause downstream effects and reduce research reporting accuracy and potentially misinform researchers who will use this information to build future trials.