Reporting Items for Practice Guidelines in Healthcare

Right Reporting for Right Decisions

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The RIGHT Statement

The reporting quality of practice guidelines is often poor, and there is no widely accepted guidance or standard 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. 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.

Who Should Use RIGHT

  • Guideline developers: RIGHT aims to help authors improve the reporting quality of practice guidelines in healthcare.
  • Journal peer reviewers and editors: RIGHT may also be useful for critical appraisal of published guidelines in healthcare, although it is not a quality assessment instrument to gauge the quality of guidelines.
  • Guideline users: it can be helpful for guideline users to quickly judge the scientificalness of the guideline based on the RIGHT checklist, and find recommendations and quality of evidence that they care about.
  • Guideline researchers: RIGHT checklist can be used to evaluate the reporting quality of the guideline, and formulate a list of related expanded versions.