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Call for papers: Health outcomes, values and guidelines – expanding the scope of HQLO

Current special series and section editors: Dr Jan Brozek, Dr Yaolong Chen, Dr Pablo Alonso Coello, Dr Joerg J Meerpohl, Dr Yuan Zhang, Prof Holger Schünemann of Health and Quality of Life Outcomes invite you to submit to our special series and section: Health outcomes, values and guidelines.

Improving health outcomes is the ultimate goal of recommendations made in health guidelines and other guidance statements. People important outcomes (PIOs), including the relative importance of these outcomes, quality of life assessment, values and preferences and best methods for integrating them in health care guidelines are at the forefront of methodological and clinical practice research. Considering PIOs in the context of other criteria that influence a health care decision to achieve the greatest possible desirable consequences of a health care option is a preeminent goal of a guideline recommendation. The improvement of both the development of guideline recommendations through methodological research and practical application will now be considered for publication in Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, beginning with a special series.

Health and Quality of Life Outcomes will, for this special series, and subsequent issues consider the following articles for publication on guidelines and guideline methodology: clinical, public health and other health related recommendations and guidelines/guidance, including supplementary materials for guidelines, such as Evidence to Decision Frameworks; and, scientific articles describing methodological research and standards to improve the development, dissemination and implementation of guidelines. For future issues of the journal we do also invite editorials and opinion pieces about guideline development.

Submitted guidelines should follow standards set by the Institutes of Medicine and the Guideline International Network and utilize appropriate methods for the development of guidelines such as the GIN-McMaster Guideline Development checklist. These standards include the use of proven approaches to assess the certainty in the evidence and move from evidence to decisions such as the GRADE approach. Authors of guidelines should follow the RIGHT statement (reference to EQUATOR) for reporting of guidelines to achieve high scores on assessment instruments such as the AGREE instrument.

Manuscripts should be formatted according to Health and Quality of Life Outcomes submission guidelines and submitted via the online submission system. All articles in this series will undergo the journal’s full standard peer-review process. In the submission system please make sure the correct collection title is chosen from the “additional information” tab. Please also indicate in the covering letter that the manuscript is to be considered for the ‘Guidelines and guideline methodology’ special series. For further information, please contact the Editors (hqlo@biomedcentral.com).


  1. Content type: Research

    Quality of life must be one of the main purposes for the treatment of drug users, requiring a better understanding of the association between the quality of life and the severity of dependency. This study aime...

    Authors: Selva Rios Campêlo, Maria Alves Barbosa, Danilo Rocha Dias, Camila Cardoso Caixeta, Cláudio Rodrigues Leles and Celmo Celeno Porto

    Citation: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2017 15:223

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  2. Content type: Research

    Women treated for breast cancer are followed-up for monitoring of treatment effectiveness and for detecting recurrences at an early stage. The type of follow-up received may affect women’s reassurance and impa...

    Authors: Alessandra Lafranconi, Liisa Pylkkänen, Silvia Deandrea, Anke Bramesfeld, Donata Lerda, Luciana Neamțiu, Zuleika Saz-Parkinson, Margarita Posso, David Rigau, Ivan Sola, Pablo Alonso-Coello and Maria José Martinez-Zapata

    Citation: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2017 15:206

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  3. Content type: Research

    It has been hypothesized that adaptation of health practice guidelines to the local setting is expected to improve their uptake and implementation while cutting on required resources. We recently adapted the p...

    Authors: Andrea Darzi, Manale Harfouche, Thurayya Arayssi, Samar Alemadi, Khalid A. Alnaqbi, Humeira Badsha, Farida Al Balushi, Bassel Elzorkany, Hussein Halabi, Mohammed Hamoudeh, Wissam Hazer, Basel Masri, Mohammed A. Omair, Imad Uthman, Nelly Ziade, Jasvinder A. Singh…

    Citation: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2017 15:183

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    The Correction to this article has been published in Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2017 15:214

  4. Content type: Short report

    Shoulder pain is a common musculoskeletal disorder in Chinese population, which affects more than 1,3 billion individuals. To the best of our knowledge, there has been no available Chinese-language version of ...

    Authors: Min Yao, Long Yang, Zuo-yuan Cao, Shao-dan Cheng, Shuang-lin Tian, Yue-li Sun, Jing Wang, Bao-ping Xu, Xiao-chun Hu, Yong-jun Wang, Ying Zhang and Xue-jun Cui

    Citation: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2017 15:178

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  5. Content type: Research

    The Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale (CES-D) is an instrument that is commonly used to screen for depression in patients with chronic disease, but the characteristics of the CES-D in adults ...

    Authors: Ju Ryoung Moon, June Huh, Jinyoung Song, I-Seok Kang, Seung Woo Park, Sung-A Chang, Ji-Hyuk Yang and Tae-Gook Jun

    Citation: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2017 15:176

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  6. Content type: Research

    Health-related quality of life (HRQoL) is an important outcome measure among HIV infected patients receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART). When HIV infected patients coinfected with Visceral Leishmaniasis (VL)...

    Authors: Mekuriaw Alemayehu, Mamo Wubshet, Nebiyu Mesfin, Aschalew Tamiru and Abebaw Gebayehu

    Citation: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2017 15:65

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  7. Content type: Research

    Identifying scientific literature addressing patients’ views and preferences is complex due to the wide range of studies that can be informative and the poor indexing of this evidence. Given the lack of guidan...

    Authors: Anna Selva, Ivan Solà, Yuan Zhang, Hector Pardo-Hernandez, R. Brian Haynes, Laura Martínez García, Tamara Navarro, Holger Schünemann and Pablo Alonso-Coello

    Citation: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2017 15:126

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  8. Content type: Research

    This paper investigates the properties and performance of the two generic measures, EQ-5D and SF-12, for Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQoL) assessments of pregnant women living with HIV in Kunming City, Yi...

    Authors: Xiaowen Wang, Guangping Guo, Ling Zhou, Jiarui Zheng, Xiumin Liang, Zhanqin Li, Hongzhuan Luo, Yuyan Yang, Liyuan Yang, Ting Tan, Jun Yu and Lin Lu

    Citation: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2017 15:158

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  9. Content type: Research

    Due to increasing export of labor service, many children following their parents leave from rural areas to urban areas in China. These migrant children might have psychological stress and lower quality of life...

    Authors: Fengjiao Xu, Haiyan Xing, Wei Yu, Sanmei Chen and Hui Li

    Citation: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2017 15:100

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