Methods and processes of developing the Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology - Veterinary (STROBE-Vet) statement

J. M. Sargeant, A. M. O'Connor, I. R. Dohoo, H. N. Erb, M. Cevallos, M. Egger, A. K. Ersbøll, S. W. Martin, L. R. Nielsen, D. L. Pearl, D. U. Pfeiffer, J. Sanchez, M. E. Torrence, Håkan Vigre, C. Waldner, M. P. Ward

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Background: The reporting of observational studies in veterinary research presents many challenges thatoften are not adequately addressed in published reporting guidelines.Objective: To develop an extension of the STROBE (Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studiesin Epidemiology) statement that addresses unique reporting requirements for observational studies inveterinary medicine related to health, production, welfare, and food safety.Design: A consensus meeting of experts was organized to develop an extension of the STROBE statementto address observational studies in veterinary medicine with respect to animal health, animal production,animal welfare, and food safety outcomes.Setting: Consensus meeting May 11–13, 2014 in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.Participants: Seventeen experts from North America, Europe, and Australia attended the meeting. Theexperts were epidemiologists and biostatisticians, many of whom hold or have held editorial positionswith relevant journals.Methods: Prior to the meeting, 19 experts completed a survey about whether they felt any of the 22 itemsof the STROBE statement should be modified and if items should be added to address unique issues relatedto observational studies in animal species with health, production, welfare, or food safety outcomes. Atthe meeting, the participants were provided with the survey responses and relevant literature concerningthe reporting of veterinary observational studies. During the meeting, each STROBE item was discussedto determine whether or not re-wording was recommended, and whether additions were warranted.Anonymous voting was used to determine whether there was consensus for each item change or addition.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPreventive Veterinary Medicine
Pages (from-to)188–196
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Reporting guidelines
  • Animal health
  • Observational studies
  • Animal production
  • Animal welfare
  • Food safety


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