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Table 4 Comparison of guideline programs

From: Comparison of international guideline programs to evaluate and update the Dutch program for clinical guideline development in physical therapy

Structure and Organization       
  CBO CSP NHMRC NZGG SIGN USPSTF
Central coordination of development and program + - + + + +
Endorsement of guidelines developed by others - + + + - -
Preparation/initiation
Topics collected through open procedure - - - - + +
Criteria described for selection of topics + + + + + +
Development
Quantitative studies considered for analysis + + + + + +
Qualitative studies considered for analysis + + - + + -
Evidence tables produced to critically appraise studies + + + + + +
Strength of evidence graded in levels of hierarchy + + + + + +
Recommendations graded in levels linked to evidence + + + + + +
Validation/external review
Review by referees/stakeholders + + + + + +
Open meeting/conference + - + - + -
Consultation of practitioners (peers) + + + + + -
Draft guideline available on website for comments + - - - + -
Dissemination/implementation
Publication on website + + + + + +
Full guideline published + + + + + +
Summary published + - - + + +
Patient version published - - - + - -
Evaluation and revision
Timescale for updating guidelines is stated + + + - + +
Procedure for updating provided + + + + + +
Steps in updating procedure described + - + - + +
Continuous updating procedure available + - - - - -