Monday, June 17, 2013

World Health Organization Guideline Development

Research in 2007 showed that World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations were largely based on expert opinion, rarely used systematic evidence-based methods, and did not follow the organization's own “Guidelines for Guidelines”. In response, the WHO established a “Guidelines Review Committee” (GRC) to implement and oversee internationally recognized standards. We examined the impact of these changes on WHO guideline documents and explored senior staff's perceptions of the new procedures.

Since 2007, WHO guideline development methods have become more systematic and transparent. However, some departments are bypassing the procedures, and as yet neither the GRC, nor the quality assurance standards they have set, are fully embedded within the organization.

Sinclair D, Isba R, Kredo T, Zani B, Smith H, et al. (2013)

World Health Organization Guideline Development: An Evaluation. 

PLoS ONE 8(5): e63715. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0063715

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