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Table 2 Amount and citing analysis of Chinese clinical guidelines developed in 1997- 2007

From: Analysis of the Status of Chinese clinical practice guidelines development

Year Actual number of guidelines Calculated data of guidelines’ numbers 95% confidence interval of calculated data of guidelines’ number Immediacy index
1997 2 1.938 0.626-5.990 3
1998 3 2.590 0.867-7.726 ---*
1999 3 3.461 1.192-10.034 1
2000 3 4.625 1.627-13.134 5
2001 5 6.182 2.202-17.330 5.4
2002 8 8.261 2.956-23.062 0.3
2003 29 11.040 3.934-30.953 2
2004 18 14.755 5.191-41.895 1.04
2005 13 19.719 6.794-57.169 0.71
2006 36 26.353 8.824-78.612 0.7
2007 23 35.218 11.380-108.867 2.75
  1. Note:
  2. Immediacy index is used to measure the adoption speed of guidelines. It equals C1/A as listed in Table 1.
  3. * No guidelines were published in 1998. (All the guidelines developed in 1998 had not been published until 1999) So the immediacy index cannot be calculated in 1998.