BRIDGE – Bridging Research Integrity and Global health Epidemiology

Project

The BRIDGE statement consists of good epidemiological practice (GEP) guidelines specifically for global health epidemiology.

Why are specific GEP guidelines needed for global health?

Research integrity and research fairness have gained considerable momentum in the past decade and have direct implications for global health epidemiology. Existing good epidemiological practice guidelines developed by national epidemiological associations are not tailored to the idiosyncrasies of global health and lack international legitimacy. Existing guidelines for research fairness, are not specific to epidemiology.

How were these guidelines developed?

Through a Delphi consultation study involving a wide range of experts with experience and expertise in global health research and epidemiology, we developed guidelines for good epidemiological practice in global health that address the core principles of research integrity and fair global health research.

What do these guidelines entail?

The guidelines consists of six standards and 42 accompanying criteria including study preparation, study protocol and ethical review, data collection, data management, analysis, reporting and dissemination.

For whom are these guidelines?

The guidelines are targeted to all persons involved in the commissioning, conduct, appraisal and publication of global health research.

Aim

We aim to bring together existing principles in one overarching guideline with a focus on practical implications for research. While there is an inherent tension between efforts to conduct research according to strict technical guidelines of good epidemiological practice and the realities of conducting global health research, we believe these guidelines offer a practical support to epidemiologists to navigate through the complex global health landscape.