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Title: Appraisal of WHO guidelines in maternal health using the AGREE II assessment tool
Authors: Stephanie Polus
Priya Lerberg
Joshua Vogel
Kanokwaroon Watananirun
Joao Paulo Souza
Matthews Mathai
A. Metin Gülmezoglu
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen
Organisation Mondiale de la Sante
Universitetet i Oslo
University of Western Australia
Mahidol University
Keywords: Agricultural and Biological Sciences;Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
Issue Date: 13-Aug-2012
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.
ISSN: 19326203
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2011-2015

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