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Table 3 Recommendations characteristics

From: Updated recommendations: an assessment of NICE clinical guidelines

  Original recommendations Updated recommendations
(n = 1106) (n = 1309)
CGs, n (%)
- Anaemia management in chronic kidney disease 50 (4.5) 52 (4.0)
- Caesarean section 108 (9.8) 124 (9.5)
- Chronic heart failure 92 (8.3) 95 (7.3)
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 193 (17.5) 182 (13.9)
- Epilepsy 220 (19.9) 285 (21.8)
- Fertility 167 (15.1) 213 (16.3)
- Head injury 83 (7.5) 126 (9.6)
- Infection control 99 (9.0) 102 (7.8)
- Lung cancer 94 (8.5) 130 (9.9)
CGs topic, n (%)
- Blood and immune system/Urogenital 50 (4.5) 52 (4.0)
- Cardiovascular 92 (8.3) 95 (7.3)
- Central nervous system 220 (19.9) 285 (21.8)
- Gynaecology, pregnancy and birth 275 (24.9) 337 (25.7)
- Injuries, accidents and wounds 83 (7.5) 126 (9.6)
- Public health 99 (9.0) 102 (7.8)
- Respiratory 287 (25.9) 312 (23.8)
Recommendations purpose, n (%)
- Access to services - Referral and approach to care - Service organisation 168 (15.2) 226 (17.3)
- Diagnostic 188 (17.0) 223 (17.0)
- Monitoring - Follow up 64 (5.8) 68 (5.2)
- Prevention practices 153 (13.8) 164 (12.5)
- Supporting patients and carers 212 (19.2) 239 (18.3)
- Treatment 309 (27.9) 372 (28.4)
- >1 purpose or others 12 (1.1) 17 (1.3)
Recommendations strength - SIGN, n (%)
- A 194 (17.5) 133 (14.1)
- B 98 (8.9) 87 (9.2)
- C 140 (12.7) 118 (12.5)
- D 440 (39.8) 402 (42.7)
- GPP 214 (19.3) 187 (19.9)
- Others 20 (1.8) 14 (1.5)
Recommendations strength - GRADE, n (%)
- Legal - - 11 (3.0)
- Strong - - 49 (13.3)
- Weak - - 308 (83.7)
Update status, n (%)
- Amended 94 (8.5) 104 (7.9)
- Deleted 124 (11.2) - -
- New – added - - 294 (22.5)
- New – replaced 78 (7.1) 74 (5.7)
- Not changed 27 (2.4) 25 (1.9)
- Not reviewed 783 (70.8) 812 (62.0)
  1. Abbreviations: CG Clinical guidelines, GPP Good practice point.