Innovations In Clinical Neuroscience

Pain Management August 2016

A peer-reviewed, evidence-based journal for clinicians in the field of neuroscience

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Hot Topics in Pain Management [August 2016] 21 Involvement", "Rigor of Development", "Applicability", and "Editorial Independence" had serious shortcomings because the related information was poor provided. The remaining domains, including "Scope and Purpose" and "Clarity of Presentation" tended to more precisely reported because most of the included guidelines described in detail the specific and focused clinical questions they aimed to address, the target population, specific and unambiguous presentation, different management options for different presentations, and easily identifiable presentation. Although the AGREE II instrument provides six independent domains, the "Rigor of Development" domain is considered the strongest indicator of quality of all the domains because it evaluates the integrity of the guideline development process. Among the included CPGs, low scores in the "Rigor of Development" domain were partly because of poor performance in this aspect, including the literature search and selection methods, lack of external review prior to publication, and lack of guideline updating mechanisms. Among the six domains, the quality of the "Applicability" domain also plays a significant role. A guideline developed systematically with clear recommendations based on the best available evidence could improve the healthcare practice [2]. However, in the present study, most of included guidelines did not describe facilitators and barriers to their application, did not consider the potential resource implications of applying the recommendations, and did not present monitoring or auditing

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