A reporting tool for practice guidelines in health care: The RIGHT statement

Yaolong Chen, Kehu Yang, Ana Marušić, Amir Qaseem, Joerg J. Meerpohl, Signe Flottorp, Elie A. Akl, Holger J. Schünemann, Edwin S.Y. Chan, Yngve Falck-Ytter, Faruque Ahmed, Sarah Barber, Chiehfeng Chen, Mingming Zhang, Bin Xu, Jinhui Tian, Fujian Song, Hongcai Shang, Kun Tang, Qi WangSusan L. Norris, Hui Li, Yan Hu, Boheng Zhang, Huan Shen, Li Jiang, Suodi Zhai, Xufei Luo, Yanfang Ma, RIGHT (Reporting Items for Practice Guidelines in Healthcare) Working Group

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Abstract

The quality of reporting practice guidelines is often poor, and there is no widely accepted guidance or standards for such reporting in health care. The international RIGHT (Reporting Items for practice Guidelines in HealThcare) Working Group was established to address this gap. The group followed an existing framework for developing guidelines for health research reporting and the EQUATOR (Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research) Network approach. It developed a checklist and an explanation and elaboration statement. The RIGHT checklist includes 22 items that are considered essential for good reporting of practice guidelines: basic information (items 1 to 4), background (items 5 to 9), evidence (items 10 to 12), recommendations (items 13 to 15), review and quality assurance (items 16 and 17), funding and declaration and management of interests (items 18 and 19), and other information (items 20 to 22). The RIGHT checklist can assist developers in reporting guidelines, support journal editors and peer reviewers when considering guideline reports, and help health care practitioners understand and implement a guideline.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)128-132
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of Internal Medicine
Volume166
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 17 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine

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