Quality evaluation of metabolic and bariatric surgical guidelines

Front Endocrinol (Lausanne). 2023 Mar 9;14:1118564. doi: 10.3389/fendo.2023.1118564. eCollection 2023.


Objective: To evaluate the quality of surgical guidelines on bariatric/metabolic surgery.

Methods: Four independent reviewers used the AGREE II (The Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation II) tool to assess the methodological quality of the included guidelines and conducted a comparative analysis of the main recommendations for surgical methods of these guidelines.

Results: Nine surgical guidelines were included in this study. Five articles with AGREE II scores over 60% are worthy of clinical recommendation. The field of rigor of development was relatively low, with an average score of 50.82%. Among 15 key recommendations and the corresponding best evidence in the guidelines, only 4 key recommendations were grade A recommendations.

Conclusions: The quality of metabolic and bariatric guidelines is uneven, and there is much room for improvement.

Keywords: bariatric; bariatric surgery; guidelines; metabolic surgery; recommendations.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bariatric Surgery* / standards
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic* / standards

Grants and funding

Yunnan young academic and technical leaders reserve talent project (No. 202105AC160049).