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Methodology for Guideline Development

Web page - Posted on Oct 27 2015

Accelerated Developed Guidelines

The accelerated method results in the production of recommendations that address a limited set of questions, in leaflet format, and issued within a six-month timeframe.

The criteria used in support of the accelerated method are:

  • existence of recent literature with high-leveled evidence on the topic (e.g. clinical practice guidelines and well-conducted meta-analyses);
  • absence of significant topic controversy.

> Method for Accelerated Developed Guidelines (in French) 


Best Practice Guidelines

HAS uses two methods to prepare best practice guidelines:

The "Clinical Practice Guidelines" method is preferred for developing BPGs. However, the "Formal Consensus" method must be considered when any two, of the three conditions, are met:

  • lacking strong-leveled evidence with regards to the issues raised;
  • topic may be restated into easily identifiable clinical situations;
  • presence of topic controversy, resulting in the need to identify/select situations deemed appropriate for practice (via an independent group).

The best practice guidelines are not intended to describe the entire management of care for a medical disease or condition. They are limited to areas of improvement identified through use of practice surveys, opinions or relevant health professional experience.



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