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Ann Intern Med. 2017 Jan 17;166(2):128-132. doi: 10.7326/M16-1565. Epub 2016 Nov 22.

A Reporting Tool for Practice Guidelines in Health Care: The RIGHT Statement.

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From Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, Gansu, China; University of Split School of Medicine, Split, Croatia; American College of Physicians, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Paris-Sorbonne University, Paris, France; Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo, Norway; American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon; McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; Cochrane Singapore, Biopolis, Singapore; Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia; World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo; Taipei Medical University-School of Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan; Cochrane China, Sichuan, China; Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, Nanjing, China; University of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom; Dongzhimen Hospital of Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and Peking University, Beijing, China; and World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland.


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.

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