RIGHT for acupuncture: An extension of the RIGHT statement for clinical practice guidelines on acupuncture

Chunzhi Tang, Yuting Duan, Yu Zhang, Yuqing Zhang, Ze Chen, Xiaorong Tang, Jingchun Zeng, David Riley, Myeong Soo Lee, Yong Suk Kim, Hong Zhao, Gaetano Marrone, Xiaoshu Zhu, Shuqi Ge, Hao Wen, Weixuan Zhao, Xiaoyan Zheng, Ioannis Solos, Yaolong Chen*, Gordon Guyatt*Liming Lu*, Nenggui Xu*, The RIGHT (Reporting Items for Practice Guidelines in Healthcare) for Acupuncture Working Group

*Corresponding author for this work

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Objective: In 2017, the International Standard for Reporting Items for practice Guideline in HealThcare (RIGHT) published reporting guidelines to enhance transparency and clarity in the process of developing clinical practice guidelines (CPGs). Given the original tool was developed in 2017 and demanded in developing and reporting high quality of acupuncture CPGs, an extension with a focus on a specific reporting checklist was warranted. 

Study Design and Setting: The study was designed based on the methodology recommended by the Enhancing the Quality and Transparency Of Health Research (EQUATOR) Network with modification accordingly. A reporting checklist and its elaboration and explanations for users were developed. 

Results: A checklist of seven sections (Basic information, Background, Evidence, Recommendations, Funding, Declaration and management of interest, Other information), twenty-three first level items and forty-three second level items was developed. We clarified the rationales of the items and provided explanations and examples of each item for additional guidance. 

Conclusion: The RIGHT for Acupuncture checklist identifies a set of items to be reported when reviewing clinical practice guidelines on acupuncture. This extension can be expected to improve the reporting quality of CPGs on acupuncture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)330-339
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Clinical Epidemiology
Early online date4 Jun 2021
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Epidemiology

User-Defined Keywords

  • Acupuncture
  • Clinical practice guidelines
  • Reporting guideline
  • Reporting quality
  • RIGHT extension
  • Traditional Chinese medicine


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