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J Korean Med. 2018;39(4): 30-39.         doi: https://doi.org/10.13048/jkm.18032
Development of an Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline of Korean Medicine for Stroke: A Study Protocol
Chang-ho Han1,3  , and Mikyung Kim2,3 
1Department of Internal Medicine, College of Korean Medicine, Dongguk University
2Department of Internal Medicine, College of Korean Medicine, Sangji University
3Evidence Based Clinical Practice Guidelines Development Group (EBCPGsDG) for Stroke, The Society of Stroke on Korean Medicine
Corresponding Author: Mikyung Kim ,Tel: +82-33-741-9215, Email: mkim2017@sangji.ac.kr, 01mkkim@gmail.com
Received: March 14, 2018;  Revised: May 8, 2018.  Accepted: May 8, 2018.
Introduction: The aim of this study protocol is to share and disclose the methodology used to develop an evidence-based clinical practice guideline (CPG) of therapeutic interventions used in Korean medicine for patients with stroke.
Methods: The CPG development process will consist of two phases. In phase I, a development committee will be established, and they will decide the key questions to be answered. A systematic review and meta-analysis will be performed to answer these key questions by searching relevant randomized controlled trials and systematic reviews. Draft recommendations will be developed according to the evidence level and recommendation grades primarily determined using the GRADE methodology. Panels comprised of external experts will be formed, and surveys and a face-to-face meeting will be conducted to reach a consensus on the recommendations. A preliminary guideline will be created after final review by the development committee. In phase II, we will conduct clinical trials and economic analysis to supplement the lack of evidence found in the phase I.
Conclusion: The CPG is expected to help doctors practicing Korean medicine in clinics or hospitals with making decisions based on the most reliable evidence, ultimately leading to the provision of optimal care for patients with stroke.
Keywords: stroke | Korean medicine | clinical practice guideline | evidence-based medicine
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