Evidence-based clinical practice guidelines
Call for new topics

The Standards, Audit and Guidelines Working Group (SAGWG) welcome suggestions for new evidence-based guidelines from our membership and the wider rheumatology community throughout the year.

 

Suggestions are considered at the autumn meeting of SAGWG, held annually in September/October. Please submit them to Chris Hiley chiley@rheumatology.org.uk by 31 August.

 

BSR's guideline development process has been accredited by NICE. This recognises organisations that demonstrate high standards in producing health or social care guidance. All users of our accredited guidance can be confident in the quality of the final guidance documents.


Topics normally fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • Where there is clinical uncertainty as evidenced by wide variation in practice or outcomes
  • Where there’s a condition where treatment is proven but mortality or morbidity can be reduced
  • It's an area where NICE or other guide producer are unlikely to tread

To help you format your submission, please follow these points


Each proposal should include:

  1. A short title and the specific objective(s) for the proposed guideline
  2. An overview (<2 pages) of the topic that highlight relevant background information (with key supporting references) Each proposal should address the following:

Each proposal should address the following:


  1. Is the burden/importance of the condition/health care intervention large enough to warrant guideline development? Please provide some estimate of the burden (e.g., incidence, prevalence, costs).
  2. Is there uncertainty or controversy about the relative effectiveness of the available clinical strategies for the condition(s) for which a guideline is proposed? Please provide some examples/assessment of this uncertainty.
  3. Is there perceived or documented variation in practice in the management of a given condition or use of a particular health care intervention? Please provide some assessment/references related to significant differences in practice patterns.
  4. Is there sufficient scientific evidence of good quality to allow development of a guideline? Please provide some references, in particular, randomised controlled studies, to support the development of systematic reviews and analysis of the topic
  5. Are there existing guidelines on the proposed topic? If a guideline were to be developed, assuming appropriate dissemination, do you believe that it would make a significant impact on clinical decision-making/clinical outcomes and/or reduce practice variation?

Questions 1 – 7 Reprinted/adapted with permission. ©2013. American Society of Clinical Oncology. All rights reserved.


Thank you for your input into our guideline development work. Your suggestions are appreciated and will be considered by SAGWG at their autumn meeting. All are evaluated and the most promising are selected and worked up into guidelines via specially convened guideline development groups.