Table 3

List of variables

S/noName of variableDefinition
1Guideline nameTitle of the published guideline.
2Guideline organisation/societyThe name of the organisation responsible for the publication of the guideline
3YearYear of publication
4FundingSource of funding for guideline production.
5CountryThe country where the guideline was produced
6Target usersEndusers of the guideline
7Guideline writersThe authors
8Evidence grading systemThe system used to grade the evidence on which the recommendations are made
9RecommendationsThe recommendations that were made in the guidelines for specific clinical scenarios.
10Level of evidenceThe strength of the evidence used in making a particular recommendation
11Strength of recommendationThe level of confidence in the accuracy of the recommendation
12Domain 1First domain of the AGREE-II instrument; scope and purpose
13.Domain 2Second domain of the AGREE-II instrument; stakeholder involvement
14Domain 3Third domain of the AGREE-II instrument; rigour of development
15Domain 4Fourth domain of the AGREE-II instrument; clarity of presentation
16Domain 5Fifth domain of the AGREE-II instrument; applicability
17Domain 6Sixth domain of the AGREE-II instrument; editorial independence
18Overall scoreThe appraisers overall score for the guideline
19Cumulative scores for domains 1–6The aggregate of the scores from the four reviewers
20Cumulative of the overall scoreThe aggregate of the overall scores from the four reviewers
21Final guideline recommendationThe final recommendation for the guideline based on the overall percentage score.
  • AGREE II, Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation II.