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Table 1 Characteristics of institutions and handbooks

From: Guidance for updating clinical practice guidelines: a systematic review of methodological handbooks

Institution characteristics
  n (%)
Continent   
  Europe 17 48.6
  North America 12 34.3
  Oceania 4 11.4
  International 2 5.7
Type of organization   
  Public institution 20 57.1
  Scientific society 9 25.7
  Private organism 3 8.6
  Other (Federal institute, NGO) 3 8.6
Number of years developing guidelines   
  ≤10 years 10 28.6
  10 – 20 years 19 54.3
  >20 years 6 17.1
Number of guidelines published   
  ≤5 per year 22 62.9
  >5 per year 8 22.9
  Unknown 5 14.3
Handbook characteristics
Type of handbook   
  Development CPG handbook 34 97.1
  Update CPG handbook 1 2.9
Publication date   
  Before the year 2004 8 22.9
  Between 2005 – 2010 14 40.0
  Between 2011 – 2013 8 22.9
  Unknown 5 14.3