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Korean J Women Health Nurs. 2014 Dec;20(4):287-296. Korean. Original Article.
Kim S , Oh HE , Song JE , Kim M , Ahn S , Lee EJ , Jun EM , Cheon S .
College of Nursing, Nursing Policy Research Institute, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea.
Department of Nursing, Chosun University, Gwangju, Korea.
College of Nursing, Ajou University, Suwon, Korea.
Department of Nursing, Semyung University, Jecheon, Korea.
College of Nursing, Chungnam National University, Daejeon, Korea.
College of Nursing, Jeju National University, Jeju, Korea.
Department of Nursing, Dong-Eui University, Busan, Korea.
Department of Nursing, Sangji University, Wonju, Korea.

PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to analyze the quality of reports on observational studies published in the Korean Journal of Women Health Nursing (KJWHN). METHODS: Forty-six studies using cross-sectional designs published in KJWHN from January 2011 to June 2013 were selected for analysis. Selected articles were reviewed and evaluated by three reviewers using the 22 items of the Strengthening the Reporting of Observational studies in Epidemiology (STROBE) statement. As some of 22 items had more than one check point, further broken down, 34 checklist items were used for analysis. RESULTS: Overall, the reviewed studies provided sufficient descriptions for many STROBE items. Seven of the 34 items were found to be not applicable, and 15 of the remaining 27 items (55.5%) were evaluated as 'sufficient' in reporting. Only one study included a flow diagram illustrating participation and this lack of flow diagram was the weakest area of reporting in this review. CONCLUSION: Clearer reporting of cross-sectional studies can be attained by attention to vulnerable areas of reporting, such as including a flow diagram of participants, descriptions of sources of bias and reason for non-participation, and describing limitations of the study. Issues regarding the application of STROBE statement items should be actively discussed in order to aid future revision and clarification of items included in STROBE statement.

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