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The reporting on ERAS Compliance, Outcomes, and Elements Research (RECOvER) checklist: a joint statement by the ERAS® and ERAS® USA societies


Kevin M. Elias

Alexander B. Stone

Katharine McGinigle

Jo'An I. Tankou

Michael J. Scott

William J. Fawcett

Nicolas Demartines

Professor of Gastrointestinal Surgery

Olle Ljungqvist

Richard D. Urman


Background: Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) programs are multimodal care pathways designed to minimize the physiologic and psychological impact of surgery for patients. Increased compliance with ERAS guidelines is associated with improved patient outcomes across surgical types. As ERAS programs have proliferated, an unintentional effect has been significant variation in how ERAS-related studies are reported in the literature.
Methods: To improve the quality of ERAS reporting, the ERAS® USA and the ERAS® Society launched an effort to create an instrument to assist authors in manuscript preparation. Criteria to include were selected by a combination of literature review and expert opinion. The final checklist was refined by group consensus.
Results: The Societies present the Reporting on ERAS Compliance, Outcomes, and Elements Research (RECOvER) Checklist. The tool contains 20 items including best practices for reporting clinical pathways, compliance auditing, and formatting guidelines.

Conclusions: The RECOvER Checklist is intended to provide a standardized framework for the reporting of ERAS-related studies. The checklist can also assist reviewers in evaluating the quality of ERAS-related manuscripts. Authors are encouraged to include the RECOvER Checklist when submitting ERAS-related studies to peer-reviewed journals.


Elias, K. M., Stone, A. B., McGinigle, K., Tankou, J. I., Scott, M. J., Fawcett, W. J., …the ERAS® Society and ERAS® USA. (2019). The reporting on ERAS Compliance, Outcomes, and Elements Research (RECOvER) checklist: a joint statement by the ERAS® and ERAS® USA societies. World Journal of Surgery, 43(1), 1-8.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 25, 2018
Online Publication Date Aug 16, 2018
Publication Date 2019-01
Deposit Date Jul 27, 2018
Publicly Available Date Aug 16, 2018
Journal World Journal of Surgery
Print ISSN 0364-2313
Electronic ISSN 1432-2323
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 43
Issue 1
Pages 1-8
Keywords Enhanced recovery after surgery; research reporting guidelines; checklists
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