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Table 1 Strategy to assess the validity of recommendations

From: Strategies to assess the validity of recommendations: a study protocol

Stages What How Who
Stage 1 Identification of clinical questions and recommendations Review original CPG Guideline methodologist from research group
Stage 2 Baseline survey Recommendation basal survey (http://www.surveymonkey.com) Clinical experts
Stage 3 Update exhaustive literature search - Recover original exhaustive literature search - Guideline methodologist from original CPG
- Define the filters that will be used: 1) study design; 2) publication date - Information specialist
Stage 4 References database by clinical questions Reference management software Information specialist
Stage 5 First references screening Reference management software Guideline methodologist from research group
- Topic
- Study design
- Publication type
Stage 6 References matching Reference management software Guideline methodologist from research group
Stage 7 Recommendations database Statistic program Guideline methodologist from research group
Stage 8 Second references screening Stage 8a Reference survey to assess the updating effect: feasibility test - Guideline methodologist from original CPG
- Guideline methodologist from research group
- Identification of relevant references
- Identification of key references
Stage 8b Sample size calculation Statistician
- Assess the potential changes in the recommendation
Stage 8c Reference survey to assess the updating effect (pdf forms) - Guideline methodologist from original CPG
- Guideline methodologist from research group
- Clinical experts
Stage 9 Final report Final report with study results Guideline methodologist from research group
- Recommendations still valid
- Recommendation needed update
  1. Abbreviations: CPG Clinical practice guideline.