Standards lacking for clinical practice guidelines, report says

Posted April 9, 2012

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Amid the growing number of published clinical guidelines, it increasingly is important that health professionals discern which recommendations are high quality and should be trusted, says a report in the April 3 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.

To help promote international standards for clinical practice guidelines, the Guidelines International Network identified 11 key components for creating high-quality and trustworthy recommendations. The network is a multidisciplinary group of 89 clinicians and guideline developers from 46 countries, says the report (link).

The components call for: establishing a guideline development panel that is diverse and includes relevant stakeholders; disclosing conflicts of interest and financial support; identifying objectives and scope of the recommendations; detailing descriptions of development methods; and doing external review by stakeholders. In creating the list of components, the network reviewed manuals and protocols and published articles about guideline development.

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