Standards for QUality Improvement Reporting Excellence 2.0: revised publication guidelines from a detailed consensus process

J Surg Res. 2016 Feb;200(2):676-82. doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2015.09.015. Epub 2015 Sep 28.


Since the publication of Standards for QUality Improvement Reporting Excellence (SQUIRE 1.0) guidelines in 2008, the science of the field has advanced considerably. In this article, we describe the development of SQUIRE 2.0 and its key components. We undertook the revision between 2012 and 2015 using (1) semistructured interviews and focus groups to evaluate SQUIRE 1.0 plus feedback from an international steering group, (2) two face-to-face consensus meetings to develop interim drafts, and (3) pilot testing with authors and a public comment period. SQUIRE 2.0 emphasizes the reporting of three key components of systematic efforts to improve the quality, value, and safety of health care: the use of formal and informal theory in planning, implementing, and evaluating improvement work; the context in which the work is done; and the study of the intervention(s). SQUIRE 2.0 is intended for reporting the range of methods used to improve health care, recognizing that they can be complex and multidimensional. It provides common ground to share these discoveries in the scholarly literature (

Keywords: Healthcare quality; Publication guideline; Quality improvement.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Consensus
  • Focus Groups
  • Humans
  • Periodicals as Topic / standards*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*
  • Quality Improvement / standards*
  • Research Design / standards*