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SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIAL #2 STRENGTHENING THE REPORTING OF OBSERVATIONAL STUDIES IN EPIDEMIOLOGY FOR RESPONDENT-DRIVEN SAMPLING STUDIES: ‘STROBE- RDS’ STATEMENT CHECKLIST AND EXPLANATION AND ELABORATION 2015_06_13 Richard G White 1 * , Avi J Hakim 2 *, Matthew J Salganik 3 , Michael W SpillerError: Reference source not found, Lisa G Johnston 4 , Ligia Kerr 5 , Carl Kendall 6 , Amy DrakeError: Reference source not found, David Wilson 7 , Kate OrrothError: Reference source not found, Matthias Egger 8 , Wolfgang Hladik Error: Reference source not found * Authors contributed equally to this work Corresponding author 1 Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK ( [email protected] ; [email protected] ) 2 US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Atlanta, GA, USA ( [email protected] ; [email protected] ; [email protected] , [email protected] ) 3 Department of Sociology and Office of Population Research, Princeton University ( [email protected] ) 4 Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine; Global Health Science, University of California San Francisco, USA ( [email protected] ) 5 Departamento de Saude Comunitaria, Universidade Federal do Ceara, Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil ( [email protected] ) 6 Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine ( [email protected] ) 7 World Bank, USA ( [email protected] ) 8 Institute of Social & Preventive Medicine (ISPM), University of Bern, Switzerland ( [email protected] ) 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
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CONTENTS AIM, SCOPE, DESCRIPTION AND DEVELOPMENT PROCESS SECTION 1: THE ‘STROBE RDS’ CHECKLIST SECTION 2: THE ‘STROBE RDS’ EXPLANATION AND ELABORATION 2 15 16 17 18 17 18
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AIM In line with the aims of the STROBE initiative 1 this ‘STROBE-RDS’ statement is intended to be a minimum checklist of essential items to report for studies using respondent-driven sampling (RDS). SCOPE The scope of this ‘STROBE-RDS’ statement has been limited to (a) epidemiological studies (the scope of the original STROBE guidelines), (b) cross-sectional studies (the most common RDS study design to date) and (c) RDS studies that seek to generate representative estimates for the target population (currently the most contentious and potentially most policy-relevant use of RDS). Further, as RDS is a sampling and a data analysis method 2 , guidelines for reporting on both aspects of RDS are provided. We also aim to provide a complete statement for use when reporting an RDS study without the need to refer to other documents (as requested during piloting of the checklist). DESCRIPTION OF CONTENTS OF THIS STATEMENT The first section of the statement contains the checklist table (Table S 1). The checklist table contains three substantive columns. The first column shows the original STROBE checklist for cross-sectional studies. The second column shows the extensions or modifications. The third
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