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|Title:||Appraisal of WHO guidelines in maternal health using the AGREE II assessment tool|
Joao Paulo Souza
A. Metin Gülmezoglu
Organisation Mondiale de la Sante
Universitetet i Oslo
University of Western Australia
|Keywords:||Agricultural and Biological Sciences;Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology|
|Citation:||PLoS ONE. Vol.7, No.8 (2012)|
|Abstract:||In 2007, the World Health Organization (WHO) received a criticism for a lack of transparency and systematic methods in the development of guidelines, which were at that time perceived as substantially driven by expert opinion. In this paper we assessed the quality of maternal and perinatal health guidelines developed since then. We used the Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation (AGREE) II tool to evaluate the quality of methodological rigour and transparency of four different WHO guidelines published between 2007 and 2011. Our findings showed high scores among the most recent guidelines on maternal and perinatal health suggesting higher quality. However, there is still potential for improvement, especially in including different stakeholder views, transparency of guidelines regarding the role of the funding body and presentation of the guideline document. © 2012 Polus et al.|
|Appears in Collections:||Scopus 2011-2015|
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