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

  • Author Footnotes
    # These authors contributed equally to this work
    Chunzhi Tang
    Footnotes
    # These authors contributed equally to this work
    Affiliations
    Clinical Research and Data Center, South China Research Center for Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Medical College of Acu-Moxi and Rehabilitation, Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, Guangzhou, China
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  • Yuting Duan
    Affiliations
    Hong Kong Chinese Medicine Clinical Study Centre, School of Chinese Medicine, Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong SAR, China
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  • Yu Zhang
    Affiliations
    Clinical Research and Data Center, South China Research Center for Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Medical College of Acu-Moxi and Rehabilitation, Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, Guangzhou, China
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  • Yuqing Zhang
    Affiliations
    Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada

    Guang'anmen Hospital, China Academy of Chinese Medical Science, Xicheng District, Beijing, China
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  • Ze Chen
    Affiliations
    Clinical Research and Data Center, South China Research Center for Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Medical College of Acu-Moxi and Rehabilitation, Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, Guangzhou, China
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  • Xiaorong Tang
    Affiliations
    Clinical Research and Data Center, South China Research Center for Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Medical College of Acu-Moxi and Rehabilitation, Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, Guangzhou, China
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  • Jingchun Zeng
    Affiliations
    Department of Acupuncture, First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, Guangzhou, China
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  • David Riley
    Affiliations
    Integrative Medicine Institute, Portland, OR

    Helfgott Research Institute, Portland, OR
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  • Myeong Soo Lee
    Affiliations
    Clinical Medicine Division, Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine, Daejeon, South Korea
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  • Yong-Suk Kim
    Affiliations
    Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion, College of Korean Medicine, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, South Korea
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  • Hong Zhao
    Affiliations
    Institute of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing, China
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  • Gaetano Marrone
    Affiliations
    Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
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  • Xiaoshu Zhu
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    School of Science and Health, Western Sydney University, Campbelltown, New South Wales, Australia
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  • Shuqi Ge
    Affiliations
    Clinical Research and Data Center, South China Research Center for Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Medical College of Acu-Moxi and Rehabilitation, Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, Guangzhou, China
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  • Hao Wen
    Affiliations
    Clinical Research and Data Center, South China Research Center for Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Medical College of Acu-Moxi and Rehabilitation, Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, Guangzhou, China
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  • Weixuan Zhao
    Affiliations
    First Affiliated Hospital of Guangdong Pharmaceutical University, Guangzhou, China
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  • Xiaoyan Zheng
    Affiliations
    Clinical Research and Data Center, South China Research Center for Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Medical College of Acu-Moxi and Rehabilitation, Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, Guangzhou, China
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  • Ioannis Solos
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    Foundation for PIHMA Research and Education, Phoenix, AZ
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  • Yaolong Chen
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    Corresponding author. Tel./Fax: +86 020-39358716/39358853
    Affiliations
    Evidence-Based Medicine Center, School of Basic Medical Sciences, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, China

    Chinese GRADE Center, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, China
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  • Gordon Guyatt
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    Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada
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  • Author Footnotes
    # These authors contributed equally to this work
    Liming Lu
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    Corresponding author. Tel./Fax: +86 020-39358716/39358853
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    # These authors contributed equally to this work
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    Clinical Research and Data Center, South China Research Center for Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Medical College of Acu-Moxi and Rehabilitation, Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, Guangzhou, China
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  • Nenggui Xu
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    Clinical Research and Data Center, South China Research Center for Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Medical College of Acu-Moxi and Rehabilitation, Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, Guangzhou, China
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  • for the RIGHT (Reporting Items for Practice Guidelines in Healthcare) for Acupuncture Working Group
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    § Members of the RIGHT for Acupuncture Working Group and their responsibility are listed in Table 1 & eTable 1.
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    # These authors contributed equally to this work
    § Members of the RIGHT for Acupuncture Working Group and their responsibility are listed in Table 1 & eTable 1.

      Highlights

      • An extension on acupuncture CPGs reporting checklist was warranted.
      • A extension of the RIGHT Statement checklist of seven sections, twenty-three first level items and forty-three second level items was developed.
      • This extension can be expected to improve the reporting quality of CPGs on acupuncture.

      Abstract

      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.

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