There were two editorials in this week’s journals that addressed the quality of veterinary research. Polton and Scase (JSAP) explored the possibility of collaborative research increasing the resources and patient numbers necessary for clinical trials. Lecouteur (Veterinary Surgery) critiqued the articles in the special neurosurgery issue. His view is that most of the research in the field consists of case series, and that randomized, controlled trials are needed to evaluate treatments.
Polton G, Scase T. Collaborative clinical research in small animal practice. Journal of Small Animal Practice 2007;48:357-358.
Lecouteur RA. It’s Time. Veterinary Surgery 2007;36:390-395.
The clinical articles for this week:
Cappello R, Rusbridge C. Report from the Chiari-Like Malformation and Syringomyelia Working Group Round Table. Veterinary Surgery 2007;36:509-512.
Gemmill TJ, Clements DN. Fragmented coronoid process in the dog: is there a role for incongruency? Journal of Small Animal Practice 2007;48:361-368.
Verhoeven G, Coopman F, Duchateau L, et al. Interobserver agreement in the diagnosis of canine hip dysplasia using the standard ventrodorsal hip-extended radiographic method. Journal of Small Animal Practice 2007;48:387-393.
Mazzullo G, Monteverde V, Macri F, et al. Incomplete caudal duplication in a puppy: gross and radiological observations. Journal of Small Animal Practice 2007;48:410-413.
McDonnell JJ, Kalbko K, Keating JH, et al. Multiple Meningiomas in Three Dogs. J Am Anim Hosp Assoc 2007;43:201-208.
Brinkman EL, Biller DS, Armbrust LJ, et al. The Clinical Utility of the Right Lateral Intercostal Ultrasound Scan Technique in Dogs. J Am Anim Hosp Assoc 2007;43:179-186.
Fliegner RA, Jubb KVF, Lording PM. Cholesterol Granuloma Associated with Otitis Media and Destruction of the Tympanic Bulla in a Dog. Vet Pathol 2007;44:547-549.