n South African Medical Journal - South African Guidelines Excellence (SAGE) : efficient, effective and unbiased clinical practice guideline teams : editorial

Volume 106, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



There is increasing worldwide interest in clinical practice guidelines (CPGs). A range of different evidence-based methods for CPG activities have been established (e.g. Schünemann ., Brouwers , Brouwers , Hillier and Guyatt ), and there is common agreement in these that poorly conceived CPG team composition and management can jeopardise CPG integrity. Recognised CPG initiatives such asthe Scottish Intercollegiate Guideline Network (SIGN) (http://www.sign.ac.uk) and the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) (https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance) therefore provide guidance on CPG team construction and management. This editorial is the third in a series produced by the South African Guidelines Excellence (SAGE) team. Project SAGE is funded by a South African Medical Research Council Flagship Grant (2014 - 2017). In our two previous editorials we discussed the critical components of a good-quality CPG and the work being undertaken by Project SAGE to explore and better understand the development, implementation and use of CPGs in the South African (SA) primary care setting. In this editorial we outline steps for effective, efficient and outcome-focused CPG team membership, roles and management.

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