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This article is the author’s final published version in Archives of Iranian Medicine, Volume 25, Issue 6, June 2022, Pages 353 - 359.

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Background: Proper utilization of high-quality clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) eliminates the dependence of patients' outcomes on the ability and knowledge of "individual" health care providers and reduces unwarranted variation in care. The aim of this study was to adapt/adopt two CPGs for pharmacologic management of acute spinal cord injury (SCI) using guideline adaptation methods.

Methods: This study was conducted based on the ADAPTE process. Following establishment of an organizing committee and choosing the health topics, we appraised the quality of the CPGs using the Appraisal of Clinical Guidelines for Research & Evaluation II (AGREE II). Then, the authors extracted and categorized suggestions according to Population, Intervention, Professions, Outcomes and Health care setting (PIPOH). The decision-making process was based on systemic evaluation of each suggestion, utilizing a combination of AGREE II scores, the quality of supporting evidence for or against each suggestion and the triad of feasibility, acceptance and adoptability for the Iranian health-care context.

Results: Two guidelines were included in the adaptation process. Based on high-quality of these guidelines and the feasibility and adoptability evaluation of the organizing committee, we decided to adopt the suggestion of both guidelines. Overall, seven suggestions were extracted from the source guidelines.

Conclusion: This work provides a framework to apply guidelines for acute SCI to the developing regions of the world. Attempts should be made to implement these suggestions in order to improve the health outcomes of Iranian SCI patients.

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