Researchers in the Centre for Implementation Science at King’s College London and King’s Improvement Science have developed a new resource that consolidates reporting guidelines relevant to implementation studies. A reporting guideline is defined as “a checklist, flow diagram, or structured text to guide authors in reporting a specific type of research,” by the EQUATOR network.

Several reporting guidelines have been developed to improve the reporting of implementation studies. However, a list containing all reporting guidelines relevant to implementation studies did not exist until now.

I developed this resource to support implementation research teams to quickly and easily identify relevant reporting guidelines and, in turn, improve the quality and transparency of implementation study reporting

Dr Louise Hull, the ARC’s implementation research lead, who led the development of the new resource

The resource is aimed at researchers and practitioners from a range of disciplines studying or evaluating the implementation of evidence-based interventions, particularly in health and social care settings.

In developing the new resource, the ARC researchers screened more than 570 reporting guidelines listed on the EQUATOR Database of Reporting Guidelines, identifying 28 guidelines relevant to the reporting of implementation studies. In addition, they identified three additional resources containing recommendations relating to the reporting of specific elements of implementation studies.

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