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Table 7 Hypothesis test: rigour of development is greater where panel is known to have methodology expertise

From: Reliability and validity of the AGREE instrument used by physical therapists in assessment of clinical practice guidelines

Rater Expert Panel No or Uncertain Expertise p
Generalist #1 79 58 0.002
Generalist #2 79 57 0.001
Specialist #1 73 58 0.015
Specialist #2 75 65 0.09
Researcher #1 72 57 0.02
Research #2 80 61 0.014
All 6 appraisers combined 78 59 <0.001
  1. This table contains the scores for the Agree Domain on Rigour of Development. CPGs were classified as having an expert panel if 1) there were more than 3 authors listed (or an agency) and 2) there was an experienced CPG methodologist clearly identified as a panel member or if one of the study investigators was recognized as such. All others were classified as "No or Uncertain Expertise". The p value for the independent samples t-test is shown.