Data_Sheet_1_A Critical Appraisal of the Quality of Glioma Imaging Guidelines Using the AGREE II Tool: A EuroAIM Initiative.xlsx

Background: Following the EuroAIM initiative to assess the quality of medical imaging guidelines by using the Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation (AGREE) II instrument, we aimed to evaluate the quality of the current imaging guidelines in patients with gliomas.

Methods: A literature search was conducted to identify eligible imaging guidelines considered in the management of adult patients with gliomas. The selected guidelines were evaluated using the AGREE II instrument by four independent appraisers. The agreement among the four appraisers was estimated using the intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) analysis.

Results: Seven guidelines were selected for the appraisal. Six out of the seven guidelines showed an average level of quality with only one showing a low quality. The highest scores were found in Domain 1 “Scope and purpose” (mean score = 81.2%) and Domain 4 “Clarity of presentation” (mean score = 77.6%). The remaining domains showed a low level of quality and, in particular, Domain 5 “Applicability” was the most critical with a mean score of 41.7%, mainly related to a minor attention to barriers and facilitators as well as costs and resources implications of applying the guidelines. The ICC analysis showed a very good agreement among the four appraisers with ICC values ranging from 0.907 to 0.993.

Conclusions: The available guidelines on glioma imaging emerged as of average quality according to the AGREE II tool analysis. Based on these results, further efforts should be made in order to involve different professional bodies and stakeholders and increase patient and public involvement in any future guideline drafting as well as to improve the applicability of these guidelines into the clinical practice.