Background The quality of guidelines has been variable. Evidence-based clinical practice guidelines should be of the highest possible quality, which has to be systematically evaluated. Obj TRiaDS, Research Methodology Group.
Objectives We have evaluated quality of new set of CPGs developed by Czech neurological society between 2009 and 2011 using AGREE II instrument.
Methods Six CPGs developed by Czech neurology society were assessed using AGREE II instrument by 4 independent assessors. Uncertainties and missing information were solved by the authors. Expert opinion on the evaluation process and outcomes were obtained.
Results All evaluated CPGs were of high quality with average of 93.5% for total score domain. The CPGs had high scores in the Clarity and recommendations and Applicability (99.6%), Scope (99.0%), Rigour of development (97.6%) and Stakeholder involvement (97.1%). The lowest score was in Editorial independence (47.5%).
Discussion The overall quality of neurology CPGs was high because of the methodology and support for developers was robust, systematic and standardised. Only the editorial independence scored low. The statement of conflict of interest is missing in all the CPGS as it is not a part of the methodology guidelines.
Implications for Guideline Developers/Users High quality CPGs can be developed even in a small country with limited budget if the methods of development are well designed, implemented and evaluated.
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