Objective To develop a transparent evaluation tool for the transparency of clinical practice guidelines.Methods Literature, books and policy documents related to the transparency of guidelines were retrieved from PubMed, EMbase, Web of Science, WanFang Data and CNKI databases to form a pool of items. After two rounds of Delphi expert consultation, the items were modified and scored to determine whether to be included in the final evaluation system. Expert consensus would determine the organization and evaluation method of the final tool.Results A total of 77 references were included, and 399 items related to transparency of guidelines were extracted. The items pool containing 53 items was formed after normalization and de-duplication. After two rounds of Delphi consultation, the evaluation tool for transparency of clinical practice guidelines covering 32 items in 6 areas was formed. The established tool consisted of planning (5 items), personnel selection (6 items), conflict of interest management (6 items), recommendation formation process (8 items), external review process (3 items), and guide reporting process (4 items).Conclusions The developed evaluation tool for transparency of clinical practice guidelines can provide a standard for the formulation, evaluation and utilization of guidelines from the perspective of transparency.
YANG Liu, LONG Youlin, CHENG Yifan, HU Tengyue, YANG Zixin, LIU Licen, WANG Qiang, WANG Kai, DU Liang. Evidence-based construction of evaluation tools for transparency of clinical practice guidelines. Chinese Journal of Evidence-Based Medicine, 2021, 21(8): 869-875. doi: 10.7507/1672-2531.202106027