What are Reporting Guidelines?

Reporting guidelines are checklists or other types of tools for reporting health research.

“A reporting guideline provides a minimum list of information needed to ensure a manuscript can be …

  • Understood by a reader,
  • Replicated by a researcher,
  • Used by a doctor to make a clinical decision, and
  • Included in a systematic review” (Equator Network, n.d.).

They “are designed to enhance the quality and transparency of health research reporting ” (VonVille, 2020) and ensure that the published manuscript is reporting the outcomes that the research was designed to measure.

Equator Network provides a list of reporting guidelines by study type:

Randomized trials CONSORT
Observational studies STROBE
Systematic reviews PRISMA
Study protocols SPIRIT PRISMA-P
Diagnostic/prognostic studies STARD TRIPOD
Case reports CARE
Clinical practice guidelines AGREE RIGHT
Qualitative research SRQR COREQ
Animal pre-clinical studies ARRIVE
Quality improvement studies SQUIRE
Economic evaluations CHEERS

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Equator Network. (n.d.). Enhancing the Quality and Transparency of Health Research. Retrieved from https://www.equator-network.org/

VonVille, H. (2020, January 9). Expert Searching: Health Research Reporting Guidelines: Part 1 Introduction to Health Research Reporting Guidelines [Blog post]. Retrieved from https://www.mlanet.org/blog/health-research-reporting-guidelines-part-1-introduction-to-health-research-reporting-guidelines

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