Editorial

South African Guidelines Excellence (SAGE): Clinical practice guidelines - quality and credibility

Shingai Machingaidze, Tamara Kredo, Quinette Louw, Taryn Young, Karen Grimmer

Abstract


In this editorial, the first in a series of six, we present issues critical to CPG development and uptake, relevant to South Africa (SA) and beyond. While recent local efforts to improve CPG quality and credibility in SA are commendable, opportunities to progress SA CPG quality and uptake are limited by the lack of a central, nationally recognised and accepted CPG development unit. Such a unit has the potential to significantly increase SA efforts to improve and standardise high-quality, credible CPG development, reporting and uptake. To this end, the Project SAGE (South African Guidelines Excellence) team is engaging in a 3-year stakeholder-driven process that aims to better understand the guideline development arena in SA, and improve the standard of local guideline development, adaptation, contextualisation, and ultimately implementation of primary healthcare guidelines. 


Authors' affiliations

Shingai Machingaidze, Cochrane South Africa, South African Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa

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

Quinette Louw, Department of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Tygerberg, Cape Town, South Africa; Cochrane South Africa, South African Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa

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

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

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Keywords

South African Guidelines Excellence; SAGE; Quality improvement

Cite this article

South African Medical Journal 2015;105(9):743-745. DOI:10.7196/SAMJnew.7697

Article History

Date submitted: 2015-04-30
Date published: 2015-09-14

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