Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences




Background/aim: The ″Pediatric Acute Lung Injury Consensus Conference″ (PALICC) was convened in order to develop a taxonomy to define pediatric acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). The Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation (AGREE) assesses the quality of guidelines. The aim of this study is to evaluate the new pediatric ARDS guideline using the AGREE II instrument. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first assessment of the new pediatric ARDS clinical practice guideline in the English literature. Materials and methods: Four appraisers assessed the new pediatric ARDS guideline with the AGREE II instrument. At the end of the evaluation each appraiser rated the overall quality of the guidelines. Results: Results of the assessment were editorial independence 100%, clarity of presentation 94%, scope and purpose 89%, stakeholder involvement 78%, rigor of development 78%, and applicability 78%. Conclusion: The new pediatric ARDS guideline received good scores especially with respect to editorial independence and clarity of presentation. Our overall AGREE II review of the PALICC guideline indicates that it has been created using high quality methodology and should be recommended for use and implementation as currently published.


Acute respiratory distress syndrome, AGREE II, pediatric critical care, quality

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