Wednesday, February 15, 2012

B - Reporting guidelines for health research

Moher D, Weeks L, Ocampo M, et al. Describing reporting guidelines for health research: a systematic review. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 2011;64(7):718-742
(doi: 10.1016/j.clinepi.2010.09.013)

This review article describes the process of development, content, and methods of implementation of 81 reporting guidelines for health research. The results of the review indicate that guideline developers do not report on many aspects of how their guideline was developed. As such, it is difficult to determine the quality of the guideline development process. Publishing better descriptions of the process will allow potential users to critically assess the robustness of the provided recommendations.

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