Development of a Quality Checklist Using Delphi Methods for Prescriptive Clinical Prediction Rules: the QUADCPR.


Journal Article

OBJECTIVE: Clinical prediction rules (CPRs) are clinician decision-making aids designed to improve the accuracy of a variety of decisions made during patient care. To our knowledge, there are no formally developed consensus-based guidelines designed to provide standards for the creation of CPRs. METHODS: The study used a 3-round Delphi method for consensus of a quality checklist initially developed based on recommendations derived from the literature. The 9 Delphi participants were randomly selected from the authors of peer-reviewed publications of prescriptive CPRs. RESULTS: During the 3 rounds, the Delphi participants modified the originally derived checklist and, based on a consensus standard, agreed upon a final 23-item checklist, which involved 4 constructs: (1) sample and participants, (2) outcome measures, (3) quality of tests and measures, and (4) statistical assumptions. CONCLUSIONS: Use of the checklist has potential for improving the design and reporting of future prescriptive CPRs.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Cook, C; Brismée, J-M; Pietrobon, R; Sizer, P; Hegedus, E; Riddle, DL

Published Date

  • January 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 33 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 29 - 41

PubMed ID

  • 20114098

Pubmed Central ID

  • 20114098

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-6586

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jmpt.2009.11.010


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States