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BMJ Open. 2018 May 9;8(5):e021750. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-021750.

What is the quality of reporting on guideline, protocol or algorithm implementation in adult trauma centres? Protocol for a systematic review.

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1
Trauma, Emergency and Critical Care Research Program, Evaluative Clinical Sciences, Sunnybrook Research Institute, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
2
Department of Surgery, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
3
University of Toronto Libraries, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
4
Trauma, Emergency and Critical Care, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Quality improvement (QI) is mandatory in trauma centres but there is no prescription for doing successful QI. Considerable variation in implementation strategies and inconsistent use of evidence-based protocols therefore exist across centres. The quality of reporting on these strategies may limit the transferability of successful initiatives across centres. This systematic review will assess the quality of reporting on guideline, protocol or algorithm implementation within a trauma centre in terms of the Revised Standards for Quality Improvement Reporting Excellence (SQUIRE 2.0).

METHODS AND ANALYSIS:

We will search for English language articles published after 2010 in EMBASE, MEDLINE, CINAHL electronic databases and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials. The database search will be supplemented by searching trial registries and grey literature online. Included studies will evaluate the effectiveness of guideline implementation in terms of change in clinical practice or improvement in patient outcomes. The primary outcome will be a global score reporting the proportion of studies respecting at least 80% of the SQUIRE 2.0 criteria and will be obtained based on the 18-items identified in the SQUIRE 2.0 guidelines. Secondary outcome will be the risk of bias assessed with the Risk Of Bias In Non-randomised Studies- of Interventions tool for observational cohort studies and with the Cochrane Collaboration tool for randomised controlled trials. Meta-analyses will be conducted in randomised controlled trials to estimate the effectiveness of guideline implementation if studies are not heterogeneous. If meta-analyses are conducted, we will combine studies according to the risk of bias (low, moderate or high/unclear) in subgroup analyses. All study titles, abstracts and full-text screening will be completed independently and in duplicate by the review team members. Data extraction and risk of bias assessment will also be done independently and in duplicate.

ETHICS AND DISSEMINATION:

Results will be disseminated through scientific publication and conferences.

PROSPERO REGISTRATION NUMBER:

CRD42018084273.

KEYWORDS:

implementation; systematic review; trauma management

PMID:
29743331
PMCID:
PMC5942428
DOI:
10.1136/bmjopen-2018-021750
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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