Friday, 25 November 2016

Explanation and Elaboration Document for the STROBE-Vet Statement: Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology - Veterinary Extension.

2016 Nov 22. doi: 10.1111/zph.12315. [Epub ahead of print]

Author information

  • 1Department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, USA.
  • 2Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada.
  • 3Department of Population Medicine, Ontario Veterinary College, Guelph, ON, Canada.
  • 4Centre for Veterinary Epidemiological Research, University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada.
  • 5Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA.
  • 6Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland.
  • 7National Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • 8Section for Animal Welfare and Disease Control, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • 9Department of Production and Population Health, Royal Veterinary College, London, UK.
  • 10Department of Health Management, University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada.
  • 11Food and Drug Administration, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, College Park, MD, USA.
  • 12National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark.
  • 13Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada.
  • 14Faculty of Veterinary Science, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia.


The STROBE (Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology) statement was first published in 2007 and again in 2014. The purpose of the original STROBE was to provide guidance for authors, reviewers and editors to improve the comprehensiveness of reporting; however, STROBE has a unique focus on observational studies. Although much of the guidance provided by the original STROBE document is directly applicable, it was deemed useful to map those statements to veterinary concepts, provide veterinary examples and highlight unique aspects of reporting in veterinary observational studies. Here, we present the examples and explanations for the checklist items included in the STROBE-Vet Statement. Thus, this is a companion document to the STROBE-Vet Statement Methods and process document, which describes the checklist and how it was developed.


Case control study; cohort study; cross-sectional study; observational study; reporting guidelines