mir Qaseem, M.D., Ph.D., M.H.A., Frode Forland, M.D., D.P.H., Fergus Macbeth, M.D., Günter Ollenschläger, M.D., Pharm.D., Ph.D., Sue Phillips, Ph.D., and Philip van der Wees, Ph.D., for the Board of Trustees of the Guidelines International Network
A. Qaseem, F. Forland, F. Macbeth et al., "Guidelines International Network: Toward International Standards for Clinical Practice Guidelines," Annals of Internal Medicine, April 3, 2012 156(7):525–31.
Because they are developed under a variety of approaches, clinical practice guidelines tend to vary in quality. Founded in 2002, the Guidelines International Network, which includes 93 organizations and 89 individual members from 46 countries, has issued recommendations for the development of clinical guidelines in hopes of promoting discussion and eventual consensus on international standards.
The network proposes that developers of clinical practice guidelines should consider having the following:
If carried out successfully, the steps identified by the Guidelines International Network can lead to guideline development processes that "are both rigorous and feasible even for modestly funded groups to implement," the authors write.