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Building capacity for development and implementation of clinical practice guidelines

Q Louw, J M Dizon, K Grimmer, M McCaul, T Kredo, T Young

Abstract


Robust, reliable and transparent methodologies are necessary to ensure that clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) meet international criteria. In South Africa (SA) and other low- and middle-income countries, upskilling and training of individuals in the processes of CPG development is needed. Since de novo CPG development is time-consuming and expensive, new emerging CPG-development approaches (adopting, contextualising, adapting and updating existing good-quality CPGs) are potentially more appropriate for our context. These emerging CPG-development methods are either not included or sparsely covered in existing training opportunities. The SA Guidelines Excellence (SAGE) team has responded innovatively to the need for CPG training in SA. We have revised an existing SA course and developed an online, open-access CPG-development toolkit. This Guideline Toolkit is a comprehensive guideline resource designed to assist individuals who are interested in knowing how to develop CPGs. Findings from the SAGE project can now be implemented with this innovative CPG training programme. This level of CPG capacity development has the potential to influence CPG knowledge, development, practices and uptake by clinicians, managers, academics and policy-makers around the country.


Authors' affiliations

Q Louw, Department of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa

J M Dizon, International Centre for Allied Health Evidence, School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia, Australia; Centre for Evidence-Based Health Care, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa

K Grimmer, Department of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa; International Centre for Allied Health Evidence, School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia, Australia

M McCaul, Centre for Evidence-Based Health Care, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa

T Kredo, Cochrane South Africa, South African Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa

T Young, Centre for Evidence-Based Health Care, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa; Cochrane South Africa, South African Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa

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Keywords

Clinical guidelines; Development; Implementation

Cite this article

South African Medical Journal 2017;107(9):745-746. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.2017.v107i9.12527

Article History

Date submitted: 2017-08-25
Date published: 2017-08-25

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