In January 2021，Runsheng Xie published an article in Pharmacological Research entitled The RIGHT Extension Statement for Traditional Chinese Medicine: Development, Recommendations, and Explanation. Nowadays, the number of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) guidelines is constantly increasing, but its reporting quality remains unsatisfactory. The group hopes that the RIGHT-TCM may assist TCM guideline developers in reporting guidelines, support journal editors and peer reviewers when considering TCM guideline reports, and help health care practitioners understand and implement a TCM guideline.
Registration is a way for researchers to provide key features from their protocol and results which are recorded and published progressively through an online and open platform. In 2007, the International Clinical Trial Registry Platform (ICTRP) based at the World Health Organization (WHO) was established, enabling the full implementation of the clinical trial registry. In 2011, an International Prospective Register of Systematic Reviews (PROSPERO) was developed, so that registration of systematic reviews/Meta-analysis was gradually recognized and applied. Compared with the clinical trials and systematic reviews, clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) are important guidance documents for medical practice. However, prospective registration for CPGs has become relatively late with lacking attention for its importance and significance. The concept, methods and approaches of registration for CPGs have also not been fully discussed by researchers, guideline developers and journal editors for a long time.
In March 7, 2021, Tanja A Stamm, et al published an article entitled “The methodological quality is insufficient in clinical practice guidelines in the context of COVID-19: systematic review” in the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. This study systematic searched clinical practice guidelines or recommendations related to Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), and assessed their methodological quality by using the Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation II (AGREE II) tool.
In February 2021, “中国成人2019冠状病毒病的诊治与防控指南(Guidelines for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of COVID-19 in adults in China)” (IPGRP-2020CN187) was published online by Chinese Thoracic Society (CTS) and Chinese Association of Chest Physicians (CACP) in Chinese Medical Journal.
In January 2021，Xiaoqin Wang published an article in Implementation Science entitled “The reporting checklist for public versions of guidelines: RIGHT-PVG”.