Table 2

The research level of the cited papers and the cited journals they are published in (85% of all citations had enough data for analysis)

ReferencesClinicalBasicBothTotal assessedRL paperMedian RL journalMean RL journal
ESMO304332121431501.20*1.311.55
UK NICE and SIGN525932424449651.11*1.271.41
  • *P<0.05 between CPG groups.

  • CPG, clinical practice guideline; ESMO, European Society for Medical Oncology; NICE, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence; RL, research level; SIGN, Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network.