A Checklist for Scoping Reviews

As a champion of transparency and integrity in research, EASE supports the use of tools and methods such as PRISMA, as a protocol for conducting systematic reviews.

In a new paper in Annals of Internal Medicine, a group lead by Andrea C. Tricco develop the existing structure of PRISMA, and present the PRISMA-ScR (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic reviews and Meta-Analyses extension for Scoping Reviews) checklist and explanation.

The checklist was developed by a 24-member expert panel and 2 research leads following published guidance from the EQUATOR (Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research) Network.

The final checklist contains 20 essential reporting items and 2 optional items. The authors provide a rationale and an example of good reporting for each item.

Figure. Methods flow chart. PRISMA = Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic reviews and Meta-Analyses; PRISMA-ScR = PRISMA extension for Scoping Reviews. Tricco et al. (2018)

The intent of the PRISMA-ScR is to help readers (including researchers, publishers, commissioners, policymakers, health care providers, guideline developers, and patients or consumers) develop a greater understanding of relevant terminology, core concepts, and key items to report for scoping reviews

Tricco AC, Lillie E, Zarin W, O'Brien KK, Colquhoun H, Levac D, et al. PRISMA Extension for Scoping Reviews (PRISMA-ScR): Checklist and Explanation. Ann Intern Med. [Epub ahead of print] doi: 10.7326/M18-0850