Building capacity for development and implementation of clinical practice guidelines

Louw, Q. ; Dizon, J. M. ; Grimmer, K. ; McCaul, M. ; Kredo, T. ; Young, T. (2017)

CITATION: Louw, Q., et al. 2017. Building capacity for development and implementation of clinical practice guidelines. South African Medical Journal, 107(9):45-746, doi:10.7196/SAMJ.2017.v107i9.12527.

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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.

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