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New SQUIRE publication guidelines: supporting nuanced reporting and reflection on complex interventions
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  1. Louise Davies1,2,
  2. Greg Ogrinc3,4
  1. 1VA Outcomes Group, Department of Veterans, Affairs Medical Center, Vermont, USA
  2. 2The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and the Section of Otolaryngology in Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire, USA
  3. 3Department of Veterans, Affairs Medical Center, Vermont, USA
  4. 4Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Louise Davies, VA Outcomes Group, Department of Veterans, Affairs Medical Center, 111B, 215 North Main Street, White River Junction, VT 05009; Louise.Davies{at}dartmouth.edu

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In 2008, the Standards for Quality Improvement Reporting Excellence (SQUIRE) guidelines were published to clarify the content and format for published scholarly reports of healthcare improvement (http://www.squire-statement.org).1 The guidelines were intended to increase the completeness, precision and transparency of those reports by establishing a level of rigour. The field has dramatically advanced even in the short time since their release, and the SQUIRE guidelines are being revised to align with those changes.

As part of the development of SQUIRE 2.0—expected to release in Autumn 2015—Brady et al2 ‘road-tested’ a draft version of the new SQUIRE guidelines as they wrote their paper on their 6-year experience with family-activated medical emergency teams (METs) at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.2 Providing an excellent example of how the field of quality improvement has developed, their paper exemplifies how SQUIRE 2.0 will continue to help authors report their work and support the growth of the field.

Brady et al2 took on an important topic that would be difficult to study using only the experimental research methods familiar to clinical researchers. They developed an intervention where there was uncertainty about whether it would be effective—a programme in which families would be enabled to call the MET directly if they …

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