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The Italian guidelines on ultrasound in obstetrics and gynecology: Executive summary of recommendations for practice

Published:November 03, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejogrb.2022.10.016
      Recently the Italian Ministry of Health, through National Committee for the Clinical Excellence (CNEC), commissioned to different scientific societies a number of clinical guidelines, to be developed according to a standardized methodology [

      CNEC Centro Nazionale per l’Eccellenza Clinica, la Qualità e la Sicurezza delle Cure dell’Istituto Superiore di Sanità (2019). Manuale Metodologico per la Produzione di Linee Guida di Pratica Clinica [online] Available from: https://snlg.iss.it/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/MM_v1.3.2_apr_2019.pdf.

      ]. The Italian Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (SIEOG), together with other Italian scientific societies (SIGO, AOGOI, AGUI, SIMP, Italian Society of Legal Medicine, SIDiP, SIRU), has produced guidelines on the use of ultrasound in obstetrics and gynecology [

      SIEOG guidelines for Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (2021). Available online from: https://www.sieog.it/linee-guida2021/.

      ] following the Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development and Evaluations (GRADE) methodology [

      Schünemann H, Brożek J, Guyatt G, Oxman. The GRADE Working Group (2013). GRADE handbook for grading quality of evidence and strength of recommendations. Updated October 2013 [online] Available from: https://gdt.gradepro.org/app/handbook/handbook.html.

      ,

      The GRADE Working Group (2016) Criteria for applying or using GRADE [online] Available from: https://www.gradeworkinggroup.org/docs/Criteria_for_using_GRADE_2016-04-05.pdf.

      ] and reported according to the Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation Instrument (AGREE II) [

      The Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation (AGREE) (2020) AGREE Reporting Checklist [online] Available from: https://www.agreetrust.org/resource-centre/agree-reporting-checklist/.

      ].
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      References

      1. CNEC Centro Nazionale per l’Eccellenza Clinica, la Qualità e la Sicurezza delle Cure dell’Istituto Superiore di Sanità (2019). Manuale Metodologico per la Produzione di Linee Guida di Pratica Clinica [online] Available from: https://snlg.iss.it/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/MM_v1.3.2_apr_2019.pdf.

      2. SIEOG guidelines for Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (2021). Available online from: https://www.sieog.it/linee-guida2021/.

      3. Schünemann H, Brożek J, Guyatt G, Oxman. The GRADE Working Group (2013). GRADE handbook for grading quality of evidence and strength of recommendations. Updated October 2013 [online] Available from: https://gdt.gradepro.org/app/handbook/handbook.html.

      4. The GRADE Working Group (2016) Criteria for applying or using GRADE [online] Available from: https://www.gradeworkinggroup.org/docs/Criteria_for_using_GRADE_2016-04-05.pdf.

      5. The Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation (AGREE) (2020) AGREE Reporting Checklist [online] Available from: https://www.agreetrust.org/resource-centre/agree-reporting-checklist/.

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