[Methodological quality of clinical practice guidelines in Germany: results of a systemic assessment of guidelines presented on the Internet]

Z Arztl Fortbild Qualitatssich. 1998 Aug;92(6):421-8.
[Article in German]


Critics claim that most of the German clinical practice guidelines are of poor quality having produced by informal ad hoc methodologies without a rigorous approach. This paper reports on the systematic appraisal of 329 guidelines published online by the Association of the Scientific Medical Societies (AWMF) in Germany. The results of this study suggest that most of the guidelines presented in Internet do not meet internationally recognised criteria for quality. Proposals are offered how to enhance the methodological quality of future guidelines.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Internet* / standards
  • Internet* / trends
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic / standards*
  • Process Assessment, Health Care / methods*
  • Quality Control