Table 1

Characteristics of the included guidelines

CharacteristicsGuidelines (n)%
Methodologist included in guideline
Declared financial conflict of interest
Systematic review use
 Guideline cited published reviews2333.3
 Review embedded in guideline2130.4
 Guideline had a rapid review or an updated literature scan1826.1
 Guideline had reviews commissioned710.1
Area of clinical specialty
 Orthopaedic surgery57.2
  • *Gynaecology, neonatology, pulmonology, psychiatry, rheumatology, surgery and otorhinolaryngology.