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Table 4 Characteristics of the guideline-updating process (n = 36)a

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

  Answers
  Yes No Unknown
  n (%) n (%) n (%)
Who decides the need for updating b       
   Guideline group 18 (50.0) 18 (50.0) --  
   Expert committee 15 (41.7) 21 (58.3) --  
   Guideline coordinator 9 (25.0) 27 (75.0) --  
   Other 9 (25.0) 27 (75.0) --  
   Standing editorial staff 6 (16.7) 30 (83.3) --  
Who participates in the updating process c       
   Original guideline authors 32 (88.9) --   4 (11.1)
   Staff of organization 30 (83.3) --   6 (16.7)
   New group of experts 25 (69.4) 4 (11.1) 7 (19.4)
   Original information managers/specialist 21 (58.3) 5 (13.9) 10 (27.8)
   Original external reviewers 20 (55.6) 6 (16.7) 10 (27.8)
   Patients 13 (36.1) 11 (30.6) 12 (33.3)
   Others 7 (19.4) 5 (13.9) 24 (66.7)
Which part of the guidelines get checked c       
   Full text 29 (80.6) 2 (5.6) 5 (13.9)
   All recommendations 29 (80.6) 1 (2.8) 6 (16.7)
   Key questions 25 (69.4) 1 (2.8) 10 (27.8)
   Key recommendations 25 (69.4) --   11 (30.6)
   Annexes 20 (55.6) 3 (8.3) 13 (36.1)
   Patient information 19 (52.8) 5 (13.9) 12 (33.3)
Which kind of search run b       
   Original search strategies plus some horizon scanning 20 (55.6) 16 (44.4) --  
   Original searches strategies modified to be specific rather than sensitive 14 (38.9) 22 (61.1) --  
   Original search strategies 10 (27.8) 26 (72.2) --  
   Other 7 (19.4) 29 (80.6) --  
  1. aAnalysis of institutions updating guidelines; bClosed-ended questions yes/no; cAggregation responses yes/partially.