World J Surg Surg Res | Volume 6, Issue 1 | Research Article | Open Access
Corral J, Gené C, Fernández A, Pachá MA, Vela S, Troya J, Julian JF and Parés D*
Department of General Surgery, Section of Colorectal Surgery, Hospital Germans Trias I Pujol, School of Medicine, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
*Correspondance to: David ParésFulltext PDF
Objective: The aim of this study was to analyze the quality of Randomized, Controlled Trials (RCT) focused on clinical benefits of Sacral Nerve stimulation (SNS) as a treatment of pelvic floor diseases. Secondarily, the changes of quality in reporting through the recent years were also studied. Summary Background Data: Several studies reported results of clinical application of SNS as treatment of pelvic floor diseases. However, these studies are scarce and with a heterogeneous quality on its design and reporting forms. Methods: An electronic search for all RCTs on SNS was undertaken by using the MEDLINE database via PubMed. The data collected were divided into general data, characteristics of reporting, methodology quality assessment using the Jadad scale and a validated methodology quality score (MINCIR score), and the journal impact factor. Reports were divided into two groups: Published articles from 2010 to 2014 (Group 1), and from 2015 to 2019 (Group 2). Results: Twenty-four trials fulfilled the inclusion criteria of the study (Group 1, n=12; and Group 2, n=12). There were no significant differences in general characteristics of randomized, controlled trials between the two groups a part from the higher number of patients completed trials in group 2 (p=0.017). In relation to the quality of reporting, we found a statistically significant higher MINCIR score in the published studies in Group 2 (p=0.012). Conclusion: In conclusion, in the last ten years there were a slightly increase of quality of reported randomized controlled trials focused in sacral nerve stimulation.
Sacral Nerve Stimulation; Randomized controlled trial; Quality
Corral J, Gené C, Fernández A, Pachá MA, Vela S, Troya J, et al. Sacral Nerve Stimulation for the Treatment of Pelvic Floor Diseases: A Bibliometric Analysis of Reported Randomized Controlled Trials. World J Surg Surgical Res. 2023; 6: 1453..