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Guideline Comparison Template

NGC includes the following attributes in the Guideline Comparison.

Attribute Description
Guideline Title Identifies the complete title of the guideline.
Date Released Identifies the date the guideline was released to the public.
Guideline Developer(s) Identifies the organization(s) responsible for the development of the guideline. Each organization is classified by the major designation or function (derived from the Organization Type attribute), such as "Medical Specialty Society" or "Professional Association."
Major Recommendations Links to the Major Recommendations field in the summary.
Description of Methods Used to Collect/Select the Evidence Describes/summarizes the specific methods used to collect and select the evidence, as identified in the text of the guideline or by the guideline developer. Can include detailed search strategies, lists of journals scanned, keywords, database sources, inclusion and exclusion criteria, etc.
Rating Scheme for the Strength of the Evidence Presents rating scheme for strength of evidence, when given.
Description of Methods Used to Analyze the Evidence Describes the methods used to analyze the evidence. Presents additional definition for the values presented under "Methods used to Analyze the Evidence" (i.e., defines "systematic" or summarizes the details of the meta-analyses).
Description of the Methods Used to Formulate the Recommendations Captures the details of the methods used to translate evidence into recommendation statements. Issues considered by the guideline developers during recommendation formulation, such as cost, patient preference, and values are also captured.
Rating Scheme for the Strength of the Recommendations Captures the weighted scheme used by the guideline developer to determine what relative strength or importance to give to the recommendations being made. The relative strength or importance may be derived from the quality and strength of the evidence upon which recommendations are based, from a strictly clinical perspective, or both.
Disease/Condition(s) Identifies the major areas of clinical medicine or health care addressed in the guideline. Values are expressed using the natural language expressions found in the text of the guideline.
Target Population Describes the target population(s) addressed in the guideline.

Identifies restrictions on guideline use such as within a managed care plan or geographic region.
Guideline Availability Links to the original full-text guideline when available.
Patient Resources? Identifies if patient resources that are directly related (i.e., derived and/or prepared from the guideline by the guideline developer) are available.

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: July 15, 2016