Table 1.

Characteristics of Selected Guidelines on Acute Sore Throat

Country (+ code)Organization Responsible for Guideline DevelopmentWeb Sites of the Selected GuidelinesTitle in EnglishYear of Publication (No. of Pages)Levels of Evidence or Grades of Recommendation
Belgium (BE01)44Scientific Organisation of Flemish GPs, WVVHhttp://www.health.fgov.be/antibiotics/Acute Sore Throat: Guidelines for Good Clinical Practice1999 (11)No
The Netherlands (NL02)45Dutch College of General Practitioners, NHGhttp://nhg.artsennet.nlStandard Acute Sore Throat1999 (8)No
France (FR03)46Agence du M├ędicamenthttp://agmed.sante.gouv.frAntibiotic Therapy by General Way in General Practice: ENT Infections1999 (8)Yes
Finland47 (FI04)Duodecimhttp://www.guideline.govSore Throat and Tonsillitis2001 (4)Yes
England48 (E05)National Health Service, PRODIGYwww.prodigy.nhs.ukAcute Sore Throat2004 (9)Yes
Scotland49 (SC06)Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN)www.sign.ac.ukManagement of Sore Throat and Indications for Tonsillectomy1999 (24)Yes
Canada50 (CA07)Canadian Medical Association (CMA)http://www.hlth.gov.bc.caDiagnosis and Management of Sore Throat2001 (4)No
United States51 (US08)Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI)www.guideline.govAcute Pharyngitis2005 (33)Yes
United States52 (US09)Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA)www.guideline.govPractice Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Group A Streptococcal Pharyngitis2002 (13)Yes
United States53 (US10)American College of Physicians & American Society of Internal Medicine-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (ACP/ASIM)www.guideline.govPrinciples of Appropriate Antibiotic Use for Acute Pharyngitis in Adults (+ Background)2001 (12)Yes