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Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine: Volume 10, 2012   Issue 2,  Pages: 160-165

DOI: 10.3736/jcim20120206
Methodology
A brief introduction to Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation Ⅱ
1. Li-min Xie (Department of Orthopedics, Guang’anmen Hospital, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing 100053, China E-mail: drxlm@126.com)
2. Wen-yue Wang (Department of Orthopedics, Guang’anmen Hospital, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing 100053, China )
ABSTRACT: Clinical practice guidelines play an important role in practitioner and patient decisions regarding appropriate clinical health care and in health policy formation. In the guideline development process, inappropriate methodologies and development strategies significantly influence the quality of guidelines; therefore, research and evaluation of guidelines have great significance. The original Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation (AGREE) instrument was published in 2003 by a group of international guideline developers and researchers. AGREE has important significance for the quality guarantee and successful implementation of guidelines, and has extensively achieved endorsement since 2003. In 2009, The AGREE Collaboration has developed the AGREE Ⅱ by refining the original AGREE instrument. At present, the AGREE Ⅱ has already replaced the original AGREE instrument; however, related introduction regarding AGREE Ⅱ has not been found in China. The authors of this article briefly introduce the AGREE Ⅱ, and believe that it will add value to research and evaluation of the guidelines.
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Xie LM, Wang WY. A brief introduction to Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation Ⅱ. J Chin Integr Med / Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Xue Bao. 2012; 10(2): 160-165.
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