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Development and validation of an international appraisal instrument for assessing the quality of clinical practice guidelines: the AGREE project
  1. The AGREE Collaboration*
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr F Cluzeau, Department of Public Health Sciences, St George’s Hospital Medical School, Cranmer Terrace, London SW17 0RE, UK;
 f.cluzeau{at}sghms.ac.uk

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  • Writing group: Françoise Cluzeau (FC), St George’s Hospital Medical School, London, UK; Jako Burgers (JB), University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands; Melissa Brouwers (MB), McMaster University and Cancer Care Ontario, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; Richard Grol (RG), University of Nijmegen/University of Maastricht, The Netherlands; Marjukka Mäkelä (MM), Finnish Office for Health Care Technology Assessment, Finland; Peter Littlejohns (PL), National Institute for Clinical Excellence, London, UK; Jeremy Grimshaw (JG), Health Services Research Unit, University of Aberdeen, UK; Claire Hunt (CH), Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK.

  • FC, JB, RG and PL developed the first draft of the instrument and designed the field study. FC and JB drafted the paper and undertook the analyses with CH. MB, MM, RG, PL and JG helped write the final draft.

  • Contributors: The following individuals provided input into the design and field testing of the AGREE instrument and commented on earlier drafts of the paper: José Asua, Basque Office for Health Technology Assessment, Spain; Anne Bataillard, Fédération Nationale des Centres de Lutte Contre le Cancer, Paris, France; George Browman, Hamilton Regional Cancer Centre, Hamilton, Canada; Bernard Burnand, Institut Universitaire de Médecine Sociale et Préventive, Lausanne, Switzerland; Pierre Durieux, Hôpital Européen Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Béatrice Fervers, Fédération Nationale des Centres de Lutte Contre le Cancer, Paris, France; Roberto Grilli, Agenzia Sanitaria Regionale, Bologna, Italy; Steven Hanna, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; Pieter ten Have, Utrecht, The Netherlands; Albert Jovell, Fundacio Biblioteca Josep Laporte, Barcelona, Spain; Niek Klazinga, Academisch Medisch Centrum University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands;

  • Funding: The research was funded by a grant from the EU BIOMED2 Programme (BMH4-98-3669). The work in Switzerland was funded from the Swiss Federal Office for Education and Science (OFES 97.0447). The Health Services Research Unit, University of Aberdeen is funded by the Chief Scientist Office of the Scottish Executive Department of Health. The views expressed are those of the authors and not the funders.

  • Conflict of interest: none.

  • * See end of article for contributors

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  • Writing group: Françoise Cluzeau (FC), St George’s Hospital Medical School, London, UK; Jako Burgers (JB), University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands; Melissa Brouwers (MB), McMaster University and Cancer Care Ontario, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; Richard Grol (RG), University of Nijmegen/University of Maastricht, The Netherlands; Marjukka Mäkelä (MM), Finnish Office for Health Care Technology Assessment, Finland; Peter Littlejohns (PL), National Institute for Clinical Excellence, London, UK; Jeremy Grimshaw (JG), Health Services Research Unit, University of Aberdeen, UK; Claire Hunt (CH), Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK.

  • FC, JB, RG and PL developed the first draft of the instrument and designed the field study. FC and JB drafted the paper and undertook the analyses with CH. MB, MM, RG, PL and JG helped write the final draft.

  • Contributors: The following individuals provided input into the design and field testing of the AGREE instrument and commented on earlier drafts of the paper: José Asua, Basque Office for Health Technology Assessment, Spain; Anne Bataillard, Fédération Nationale des Centres de Lutte Contre le Cancer, Paris, France; George Browman, Hamilton Regional Cancer Centre, Hamilton, Canada; Bernard Burnand, Institut Universitaire de Médecine Sociale et Préventive, Lausanne, Switzerland; Pierre Durieux, Hôpital Européen Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Béatrice Fervers, Fédération Nationale des Centres de Lutte Contre le Cancer, Paris, France; Roberto Grilli, Agenzia Sanitaria Regionale, Bologna, Italy; Steven Hanna, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; Pieter ten Have, Utrecht, The Netherlands; Albert Jovell, Fundacio Biblioteca Josep Laporte, Barcelona, Spain; Niek Klazinga, Academisch Medisch Centrum University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands;

  • Funding: The research was funded by a grant from the EU BIOMED2 Programme (BMH4-98-3669). The work in Switzerland was funded from the Swiss Federal Office for Education and Science (OFES 97.0447). The Health Services Research Unit, University of Aberdeen is funded by the Chief Scientist Office of the Scottish Executive Department of Health. The views expressed are those of the authors and not the funders.

  • Conflict of interest: none.

  • * See end of article for contributors

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