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Table 2 The guideline-updating process (n = 36)a

From: The updating of clinical practice guidelines: insights from an international survey

  n (%)
Number of guidelines checked   
   > 5 per year 16 (44.4)
   Variable 10 (27.8)
   3-5 per year 6 (16.7)
   < 3 per year 4 (11.1)
Number of guidelines updated   
   Unknown 14 (38.9)
   ≤ 5 per year 11 (30.6)
   > 5 per year 7 (19.4)
   Variable 4 (11.1)
Time frame to check updating   
   3-5 years 22 (61.1)
   < 3 years 11 (30.6)
   Variable 3 (8.3)
Formal procedure to update guidelines   
   Yes 31 (86.1)
   No 5 (13.9)
Formal procedure to inform about guidelines being out of date   
   Yes 19 (52.8)
   No 17 (47.2)
Formal method to decide update section or full guideline   
   No 23 (63.9)
   Yes 11 (30.6)
   Unknown 2 (5.6)
Pilot testing of updating process   
   No 24 (66.7)
   Yes 9 (25.0)
   Unknown 3 (8.3)
Rigor of the updating process   
   Could certainly be more rigorous 13 (36.1)
   Moderately rigorous 13 (36.1)
   Very rigorous 10 (27.8)
  1. aAnalysis of institutions updating guidelines.