ECRI Guidelines Trust is now available online and provided by the ECRI Institute which was the contractor for the National Guideline Clearinghouse. ECRI Guidelines Trust is freely available and requires users to sign up for free ECRI account in order to use the resource.
ECRI uses similar criteria as the National Guideline Clearinghouse to determine which documents to include. Guidelines in ECRI Guidelines Trust must meet the first three criteria to be be linked and must meet all four criteria in order to be fully listed and assessed via a TRUST Scorecard:
- Available in English and published within the last 5 years as well as available online (free or fee).
- Contain recommendations to guide patient care.
- Developed by a medical specialty association, professional society, or clinical practice guideline development organization.
- Reflect a systematic review of evidence with transparency regarding the methodology including search strategy, study selection, and evidence analysis.
The TRUST Scorecard assesses the guideline based on criteria published in the Institute of Medicine’s (now the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine) report Clinical Practice Guidelines We Can Trust. The TRUST Scorecard provides a snapshot assessment of the guideline as seen in this example: