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G-I-N Conference 2012

Guidelines International Network

22.08 - 25.08.2012, Berlin

Toward a Framework for International Guideline Collaboration

Meeting Abstract

  • M. Koster - Kaiser Permanente, National Guideline Program, Pasadena, CA, USA; G-I-N North America Steering Group, USA
  • H. Schunemann - McMaster University, GRADE Working Group, Hamilton, ON, USA; G-I-N North America Steering Group, USA
  • A. Qaseem - American College of Physicians (ACP), Chicago, IL, USA
  • F. Cluzeau - NICE International, London, UK
  • K.H. Pwee - Singapore Ministry of Health, Singapore, Singapore

Guidelines International Network. G-I-N Conference 2012. Berlin, 22.-25.08.2012. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2012. DocPS03

doi: 10.3205/12gin015, urn:nbn:de:0183-12gin0156

Veröffentlicht: 10. Juli 2012

© 2012 Koster et al.
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Background: The development of rigorous, evidence-based clinical practice guidelines is a costly, resource-intensive and time-consuming effort. In addition, the movement toward a model of globalization of the evidence and localization of adoption and implementation suggests the need for collaborative, international development of guidelines by multiple stakeholder groups, including medical professional societies, government agencies, health care delivery organizations, patient-interest groups and others. Such multidisciplinary collaboratives have the potential to improve the rigor and transparency of evidence-based guideline development, standardize methods and processes, set priorities for selection of clinical topics of interest to clinicians and patients, reduce duplication of efforts, provide a shared funding source for evidence generation, more effectively manage conflicts of interest, and facilitate implementation and performance measurement. Developing effective international collaborations, however, requires a transformation in current thinking and structural approaches to guideline development.

Objectives/Goals: To highlight recent international guideline collaboration efforts and discuss barriers, opportunities, and frameworks for successful collaborative guideline development across national and international boundaries.

Target Group, suggested audience: Guideline developers, adaptors, implementers and users

Description of Session and Speaker Topics: Francoise Cluzeau (NICE International), Amir Qaseem (American College of Physicians), Holger Schunemann (McMaster/GRADE Working Group) and Keng Ho Pwee (Singapore Ministry of Health) will present results and lessons learned from recent national and international guideline collaboration efforts, discuss new frameworks and strategies to address existing barriers, and propose practical and workable solutions to promote ongoing collaboration.

Marguerite Koster (Kaiser Permanente, G-I-N NA Steering Group) will moderate the discussion.