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The CONSORT-AI Standards

An extension to the CONSORT 2010 minimum guidelines for reporting randomized trials

This article will not cover in full the CONSORT-AI standards, rather make the reader aware that they exist.

I came across an article in the Regulatory Affairs Society (RAPS) posted on the 25th of September 2020 by Mary Ellen Schneider. The article discusses in brief

According to this article there is a new consensus statement, dubbed the CONSORT-AI extension.

CONSORT-AI extension lays out the rules of the road for clinical trial reports on interventions involving artificial intelligence (AI).

According to a different article in AI Med the CONSORT-AI extension was developed to complement SPIRIT-AI (Standard Protocol Items: Recommendations for Interventional Trials-Artificial Intelligence) for high-quality protocol reporting of AI-trials and is supported by EQUATOR (Enhancing the Quality and Transparency of Health Research).

The statement about CONSORT-AI was published in Nature Medicine. Here are a few points from the article by Schneider:

  1. It was written by an international working group.

The idea is to build a checklist and enable transparent reporting.

This was outlined in the CONSORT 2010 statement.

CONSORT 2010 provides minimum guidelines for reporting randomized trials with a statement originally introduced in 1996.

It has been widely endorsed, and this extension for AI may therefore be highly relevant.

What are the checklist items?

They span several elements of clinical trial reporting. Here is some information from the article by Schneider:

  • “The working group recommends that researchers indicate that the study intervention involves AI or machine learning in the title and/abstract and that they specify the type of model.

Is this one step forward for AI regulation or guidelines?

What do you think?

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