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Tools to assess the measurement properties of quality of life instruments: a meta-review protocol
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    Needed: guidance for reporting knowledge synthesis studies on measurement properties of outcome measurement instruments in health research
    • Nancy J. Butcher, Meta-researcher Child Health Evaluative Sciences, The Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute
    • Other Contributors:
      • Andrea Monsour, Research Manager
      • Lidwine B. Mokkink, Epidemiologist
      • Caroline B. Terwee, Epidemiologist
      • Andrea C. Tricco, Scientist and Director
      • Joel Gagnier, Clinical Epidemiologist
      • Martin Offringa, Senior Scientist and Neonatologist

    To the editor:

    Lorente et al. identified significant heterogeneity in the tools, procedures, and definitions used by systematic reviewers to evaluate instrument measurement properties and highlighted key omissions in the reported methodological information in nearly 250 published systematic reviews on quality of life instruments.1 As we encounter with other health outcome measurement instruments used in child health and mental health research, poor compliance with methodological or reporting guidance in published reports impedes appraisal of the quality of the instruments’ measurement properties.2-6 This impairs knowledge users’ (such as policy-makers, other researchers, patients, healthcare providers) comprehensive appraisal of the sufficiency of the instruments that are used in studies or that are recommended to be used, as related to their key measurement properties and to issues of feasibility, burden, and fairness.

    The authors raised important points concerning the current shortcomings of systematic reviews conducted to assess measurement properties of instruments. Lorente et al. concluded that improved adherence to methodological and reporting guidelines for the conduct and dissemination of systematic reviews on measurement properties of instruments is urgently needed. They recommended the COSMIN (Consensus-based Standards for the selection of health Measurement Instruments) checklist as the optimal framework to be used to conduct high-quality systemat...

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