Over the past 30 years practice guidelines have become an increasingly popular tool to improve the quality of healthcare. Clear, transparent, and applicable guidelines enable health care providers to understand and implement recommendations that positively impact patients and populations. However, the reporting quality of practice guidelines is often poor.
In February 2014, an international group of stakeholders (the RIGHT Group) launched the RIGHT initiative to help improve the completeness and reporting quality of practice guidelines. The RIGHT Project (Reporting Items for Practice Guidelines in Healthcare: Principal Investigators Dr. Yaolong Chen and Dr. Susan Norris) aims to develop a set of reporting standards for practice guidelines in healthcare. The focus of this project is on guidance documents aimed to facilitate good clinical decisions and decisions related to public health options.
The acronym RIGHT was created from the title of proposal—Essential Reporting Items for Practice Guidelines in Healthcare. The RIGHT recommendations were developed using systematic, transparent methodology and broad consultation with experts from Guidelines International Network, Cochrane Collaboration, AGREE Collaboration, GRADE working group, International Society for Evidence-Based Health Care, EQUATOR Network, National Guideline Clearinghouse, as well as consumer representative, health economist, public health specialists, acupuncturist and so forth.
The main tools of the RIGHT project will be the RIGHT Statement, RIGHT checklist and flow diagram, and an explanation & elaboration paper. These products will offer a rationale and a standardized format for authors to prepare and draft more complete and transparent practice guidelines.