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Table 3 Appraisal of Guidelines Research and Evaluation of the guidelines

From: A critical appraisal of guidelines for the management of knee osteoarthritis using Appraisal of Guidelines Research and Evaluation criteria

Appraisal of Guidelines Research and Evaluation criterion EULAR [6] Ottawa Panel [11] ICSI [9] CCC [8] AAOS [10] Schnitzer/ACR [7]
Scope/purpose       
   1. Overall objective(s) specifically described 2 3 2 3 3 3
   2. Clinical question(s) specifically described 3 2 4 2 2 3
   3. Patients to whom the guideline is meant to apply specifically described 3 4 4 2 3 2
Stakeholder involvement       
   4. Development group included individuals from all relevant professional groups 2 4 2 4 1 1
   5. Patients' views and preferences sought 1 2 1 4 1 2
   6. Target users clearly defined 1 4 4 1 4 1
   7. Guideline piloted among end users 1 1 1 1 1 1
Rigour of development       
   8. Systematic methods used to search for evidence 3 3 1 3 2 1
   9. Criteria for selecting evidence clearly described 4 4 1 2 1 2
   10. Methods used for formulating the recommendations clearly described 3 2 1 1 3 1
   11. Health benefits, side effects and risks considered in formulating the recommendations 4 3 2 4 2 4
   12. Explicit link between recommendations and supporting evidence 4 4 3 4 2 3
   13. Guideline externally reviewed by experts prior to publication 1 3 1 1 2 1
   14. Procedure for updating the guideline provided 1 1 3 3 2 1
Clarity/presentation       
   15. Specific and unambiguous recommendations 3 2 3 2 2 1
   16. Different options for diagnosis and/or treatment of the condition clearly presented 3 4 3 4 2 3
   17. Key recommendations easily identifiable 4 3 4 4 4 1
   18. Guideline supported with tools for application 2 2 4 2 2 1
Applicability       
   19. Potential organizational barriers in applying the recommendations discussed 1 2 2 1 1 1
   20. Potential cost implications of applying the recommendations considered 1 1 1 4 1 2
   21. Guideline presents key review criteria for monitoring and audit purposes 1 1 3 1 1 1
Editorial independence       
   22. Guideline editorially independent from the funding body 3 3 1 4 1 1
   23. Conflicts of interest of guideline development members recorded 1 1 4 4 1 4
  1. AAOS, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; ACR, American College of Rheumatology; CCC, Canadian Consensus Conference; EULAR, European League Against Rheumatism; ICSI, Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement. 1, Strongly disagree; 2, disagree; 3, agree; 4, strongly agree.