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Table 2 Characteristics of Included Guidelines

From: The Systematic Guideline Review: Method, rationale, and test on chronic heart failure

Source Organisation, Country of Origin Covered Scope No. of Authors Literature Search: Period/Databases No. of References
ACC/AHA 2001 [50] American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association, U.S.A. D, T 14 Period not specified MEDLINE, EMBASE 573
AKDAE 2001 [45] Drug Commission of the German Medical Association, Germany P Not specified No systematic search 216
CCS 2001 [56], 2002/3 [55] Canadian Cardiovascular Society, Canada D, T Not specified Period not specified MEDLINE 2001: 79; 2002/3: 42
DGK 2001 [46] German Cardiac Society, Germany T 2 1990–2000; Databases: not specified 213
DieM 2003/2004 [47] Institute for Evidence-Based Medicine, Germany T 3 Period not specified (Last 03/2003); MEDLINE, Cochrane Library, „Best Evidence" 42
Duodecim 2004 [60] The Finnish Medical Society Duodecim, Finland D, T Not specified Period not specified (Last 03/2004); DARE, „Best Evidence" Ca. 50††
DVA & VHA 2002 [51] Department of Veterans Affairs & Veterans Health Administration, U.S.A. P 14* Update search 01/2001 to 11/2002; MEDLINE 197
ESC 2002/2001 [62] European Society of Cardiology, (Europe) D, T 18 Not specified 196
ICSI 2003 [52] Institute for Clinical System Improvement, U.S.A. D, T 11 Not specified Ca. 50
LLGH 2003 [48] 'Leitliniengruppe' (Group of Family Physicians in Hesse), Germany (D), T 2 Period not specified MEDLINE 72
NHF/Austr & SANZ 2002 [58] National Heart Foundation of Australia and Cardiac Society of Australia & New Zealand D, T 33 Not specified 143
NHF/NZ 2001 [59] The National Heart Foundation of New Zealand D, T 19 Period not specified (Last 04/2000); MEDLINE 44
NICE 2003 [61] The National Collaborating Centre for Chronic Conditions/National Institute for Clinical Excellence, United Kingdom D, T 15** Start of the Database until 09/2002; MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, PsycINFO, AMED, Cochrane Library, EconLit 347
OPOT 2000 [57] Ontario Program for Optimal Therapeutics, Canada P Not specified Not specified 24
UM 2001 [53, 54] University of Michigan, U.S.A. D, T 6 1994 – 02/1998, + hand searches until 2001; MEDLINE 50
UWH 2001 [49] Faculty of Medicine, University Witten/Herdecke, Germany D, T 5 + 2‡‡ Not specified 157
  1. Limitation on recommendations with evidence levels and/or grading; ††Ascertainment possibly incomplete because of document structure (internet-based version with links to other documents); *Supported by 13 members of The Medical Advisory; **Support from 14 members of the Guideline Reference Group; Additional citations in evidence tables not counted; ‡‡Additional advisors from specialized care; Abbreviations:D – diagnostics, (D) – diagnostics partly, T – therapy, P – pharmacotherapy only