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Table 1 Domains and Items of the AGREE Instrument

From: Quality of guidelines on the management of diabetes in pregnancy: a systematic review

Scope and purpose The overall objective of the guideline is specifically described
  The clinical question covered by the guideline is specifically described
  The patients to whom the guideline is meant to apply are specifically described
Stakeholder involvement The guideline development group includes individuals from all relevant professional groups
  The patients’ view and preferences have been sought
  The target users of the guideline are clearly defined
  The guideline has been piloted among target users
Rigour of development Systematic methods were used to search for evidence
  The criteria for selection of the evidence are clearly described
  The methods used for formulating recommendations are clearly described
  The health benefits, side effects and risks have been considered in formulating the recommendations
  There is an explicit link between recommendations and supporting evidence
  The guideline has been externally reviewed by experts prior to its publication
  A procedure for updating the guideline is provided
Clarity and presentation The recommendations are specific and unambiguous
  The different options for the management of the condition are clearly presented
  Key recommendations are easily identifiable
  The guideline is supported with tools for application
Applicability The potential organizational barriers in applying the recommendations have been discussed
  The potential cost implications of applying the recommendations have been considered
  The guideline presents a key review criteria for monitoring and/or audit purposes
Editorial independence The guideline is editorially independent from the funding body
  Conflicts of interest of guideline development members have been recorded