Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research
Development of reporting guidelines is a complex process that does not finish with the guideline publication. The following resources highlight some of the important aspects of this process:
At present, there is no handbook on how to develop reporting guidelines. The EQUATOR Network has initiated work leading to the development of robust guidance for reporting guideline developers.
In February 2010 we published a paper “Guidance for developers of health research reporting guidelines“. It draws on extensive experience in the development of reporting guidelines and offers very practical guidance to scientists considering developing new guidelines or extending and updating existing guidance:
Below is an example of a robust protocol for the development of reporting guidelines based on the above guidelines:
Other useful resources include:
Developers of reporting guidelines need to consider what may happen to their guideline after it is published – it could be considered for translation, adaptation or extension to apply to more specific conditions, the wording of the recommendations could be cut or shortened, etc.
It is therefore paramount that reporting guideline developers think about these possible scenarios before the first publication of the guideline and / or when creating a guideline website.
Considerations for reporting guideline publication
Copyright and fair use
|Diagnostic / prognostic studies||STARD||TRIPOD|
|Quality improvement studies||SQUIRE|
|Animal pre-clinical studies||ARRIVE|