Critical Appraisal Practice Guidelines

While there are several tools to critically appraise
practice guidelines, the most comprehensively validated appraisal tool is the
AGREE II Instrument. The AGREE II Instrument can be used by individual
practitioners to critically appraise health guidelines and by decision makers
to inform policy decisions. The purpose of the AGREE II Instrument is to
provide a framework to:

Assess the quality of guidelines.

Provide a methodological strategy for the development of

Inform what information and how the information ought to be
reported in guidelines.

Overall assessment includes rating the overall quality of
the guideline and whether the guideline would be recommended for use in

Items are rated on a 7-point scale from 1 (Strongly Disagree)
to 7 (Strongly Agree). A score of 1 is given when there is no information on
that item or if it is poorly reported. A score of 7 is given if the quality of
reporting is excellent and when full criteria have been met (Score explanations
found in the AGREE II-GRS Instrument).

A quality score is calculated for each of the six domains,
which are independently scored. Domain scores are calculated by summing up all
the scores of the items in the domain and by scaling the total as a percentage
of the maximum possible score for that specific domain.

For this assignment, you will choose a guideline and assess
the overall quality and whether the guideline would be recommended for use in

General Requirements:

Use the following information to ensure successful
completion of this assignment:

Download the AGREE II instrument.

Doctoral learners are required to use APA style for their
writing assignments. The APA Style Guide is located in the Student Success
Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please Review the rubric
prior to the beginning to become familiar with the expectations for successful

You are not required to submit this assignment to


Perform the following tasks to complete this assignment:

Using the AGREE II instrument as your guide, create a table
that discusses a practice guideline in which you might have questioned the
recommendations. (Note: You may be able to copy and paste the instrument into a
new Word document and complete the information.)

Each domain must have its own cell (similar to the one shown
in the manual) and add domain scores and an overall guideline assessment. Be
sure to include comments and additional considerations that influenced your
rating decision and cite any sources used.

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