The Institute of Medicine has released a report that recommends eight standards for developing clinical practice guidelines, and twenty-one standards for conducting systematic reviews of the comparative effectiveness of medical or surgical interventions.
There are currently no universally accepted standards for developing systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines; the goal of the report is to recommend standards to enhance the quality and reliability of these tools.
The eight recommended standards for developing clinical practice guidelines are:
- Establishing transparency;
- Management of conflict of interest;
- Guideline development group composition;
- Clinical practice guideline–systematic review intersection;
- Establishing evidence foundations for and rating strength of recommendations
- Articulation of recommendations;
- External review; and
The recommended standards for reviewing the effectiveness include:
- Establishing a team with appropriate expertise and experience to conduct the systematic review;
- Managing bias and conflict of interest of the team conducting the systematic review; and
- Ensuring user and stakeholder input as the review is designed and conducted.
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