Quality of guidelines on viruses causing public health emergencies (search done on 2 February 2020)

Added June 29, 2020

Citation: Zhao S, Cao J, Shi Q, et al. A quality evaluation of guidelines on five different viruses causing public health emergencies of international concern. Annals of Translational Medicine. 2020 Apr;8(7):500.

What is this? Reliable guidelines are important for an effective response to global public health emergencies such as COVID-19, caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Information on the quality of guidelines for public health international emergencies causes by viruses might provide useful information for policy makers.

In this rapid review, the authors searched for practice guidelines related to five different viruses that had caused public health emergencies of international concern. They restricted their searches to articles published in English and Chinese and did the search on 2 February 2020. They included 81 guidelines, relating to SARS-CoV (21 guidelines), Ebola (11), MERS-CoV (9), Zika (10) and SARS-CoV-2 (30).

What was found: At the time of this review, the quality of guideline development tended to be poor for all five viruses included in the review, scoring particularly poorly on rigor of development and editorial independence.

 

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