Standards for Reporting Implementation Studies (StaRI): Explanation and elaboration document

Hilary Pinnock, Melanie Barwick, Christopher R. Carpenter, Sandra Eldridge, Gonzalo Grandes, Chris J. Griffiths, Jo Rycroft-Malone, Paul Meissner, Elizabeth Murray, Anita Patel, Aziz Sheikh, Stephanie J.C. Taylor

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ObjectivesImplementation studies are often poorly reported and indexed, reducing their potential to inform the provision of healthcare services. The Standards for Reporting Implementation Studies (StaRI) initiative aims to develop guidelines for transparent and accurate reporting of implementation studies. MethodsAn international working group developed the StaRI guideline informed by a systematic literature review and e-Delphi prioritisation exercise. Following a face-to-face meeting, the checklist was developed iteratively by email discussion and critical review by international experts. ResultsThe 27 items of the checklist are applicable to the broad range of study designs employed in implementation science. A key concept is the dual strands, represented as 2 columns in the checklist, describing, on the one hand, the implementation strategy and, on the other, the clinical, healthcare or public health intervention being implemented. This explanation and elaboration document details each of the items, explains the rationale and provides examples of good reporting practice. ConclusionsPreviously published reporting statements have been instrumental in improving reporting standards; adoption by journals and authors may achieve a similar improvement in the reporting of implementation strategies that will facilitate translation of effective interventions into routine practice.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere013318
JournalBMJ Open
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2017


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