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April 2016

Introducing SQUIRE 2.0, the Updated Publication Guidelines for Scientific Reporting of Health Care Improvement Projects: What the Guidelines Mean for Otolaryngologists

Author Affiliations
  • 1VA Outcomes Group, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, White River Junction, Vermont
  • 2Section of Otolaryngology in Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire
  • 3The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, Lebanon, New Hampshire
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2016;142(4):311-312. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2015.3639

The techniques used to advance patient care are evolving. In September 2015, SQUIRE 2.0—the updated “Standards for QUality Improvement Reporting Excellence” guidelines for the scholarly reporting of health care improvement work—became available to support that evolution.1 Patterned after the CONSORT guidelines,2 which guide the reporting of randomized trials, SQUIRE 2.0 provides a framework for reporting new knowledge about how to improve health care. SQUIRE 2.0 is the product of a 3-year revision process3,4 of the original guidelines first released first in 2008.5 The SQUIRE 2.0 guidelines are intended for reports that describe systematic efforts to improve the quality, safety, and value of health care, and that use methods to establish that observed outcomes were due to the intervention(s).1

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