Table 3

CPG AGREE II domain scores and quality assessment (%)

Title1. Scope and purpose2. Stakeholder involvement3. Rigour of development4. Clarity of presentation5. Applicability6. Editorial independenceOverall assessmentQuality (high/low)
 AAOS – knee osteoarthritis42 94578778298178High
 ACR – hand, hip and knee osteoarthritis70 6933536772244Low
 EULAR – hip and knee osteoarthritis41 80675676195061High
 ESCEO – knee osteoarthritis39 65263761216744Low
 ESCEO – knee osteoarthritis with updated algorithm of pharmacological interventions40 6320106311028Low
 KNGF – physiotherapy hip/knee osteoarthritis71 78635583461161Low
 MaHTAS – osteoarthritis34 80564354393944Low
 NICE – osteoarthritis38 85809094887889High
 OARSI – knee osteoarthritis43 7463557047867High
 Ottawa – osteoarthritis obese/overweight47 89565850282856Low
 Ottawa – patient education osteoarthritis48 7254533913633Low
 VA/DoD – hip and knee osteoarthritis72 8550607825356Low
Low back pain
 APTA – low back pain73 7850456729344Low
 CCGPP – low back pain44 67546039256144High
 BPS – low back pain/radicular pain74 5648857212517Low
 Cheng et al – low back pain.75*4115263917017Low
 Colorado DLE WC – low back pain49 70336348312228Low
 ICSI – low back pain76 78464172517256Low
 NASS – lumbar disc herniation with radiculopathy37 72335148103339Low
 NASS – degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis35 7626484483939Low
 NASS – degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis36 81305144254239Low
 NICE – low back pain and sciatica in over 16 s23 89788593837289High
 TOP – low back pain77 7231177419033Low
 DOA – subacromial pain59 7826284811322Low
 Eubank et al – rotator cuff58*74373346252239Low
 Hopman et al – rotator cuff46*87747378505667High
 I.S.Mu.L.T – rotator cuff tears57 4317193510028Low
 WSDL&I – shoulder78 7444203724822Low
 CCA – neck pain50 63375550103144Low
 Colorado DLE WC – cervical spine injury51 81375752352539Low
 OPTIMa – neck pain45 94678091385067High
 SIMFER – neck pain79 463015377022Low
 Barton et al – P-F pain80*69245661256961Low
 ACE – musculoskeletal injuries81 3728173911817Low
  • *First author given where there is no stated organisation.

  • AAOS, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons; ACR, American College of Rheumatology; AGREE, Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation; APTA, Orthopaedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association; BPS, British Pain Society; CCA, Canadian Chiropractic Association; CCGPP, Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters; Colorado DLE WC, Colorado Department of Labour and Employment Workers Compensation; CPGs, clinical practice guidelines; DOA, Dutch Orthopaedic Association; ESCEO, European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis; EULAR, European League Against Rheumatism; I.S.Mu.L.T., Italian Society of Muscle Ligaments and Tendons; ICSI, Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement; KNGF, Royal Dutch Society of Physiotherapy; MaHTAS, Malaysia Health Technology Assessment Section Medical Development Division, Ministry of Health; NASS, North American Spine Society; NICE, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence; OARSI, Osteoarthritis Research Society International; OPTIMa, Ontario Protocol for Traffic Injury Management Collaboration; Ottawa, Ottawa Panel; P-F, patellofemoral; SIMFER, the Italian Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine; TOP, Toward Optimized Practice; VA/DOD, Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defence; WSDL&I, Washington State Department of Labour and Industries.