oa South African Medical Journal - How good are our guidelines? Four years of experience with the SAMJ’s AGREE II review of submitted clinical practice guidelines - guest editorial

Volume 108 Number 11
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



The South African Medical Journal (SAMJ) is an established source of clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) serving the local healthcare community. CPGs link professional societies and clinicians by guiding best practice through the collation and interpretation of the best available evidence. Not only are CPGs important in standardising the quality of patient care, but they also assist with medicine selection and resource allocation decisions, adjudicating medicolegal claims, and promoting equity by influencing medicine access and health system organisation. In 2014, the SAMJ appointed an editorial subcommittee to review CPGs submitted for publication. This was in response to several concerns, including the global shift in CPG quality requirements, the potential effect of poor-quality CPGs on healthcare quality and cost, and the challenges South African (SA) CPG developers face in meeting new standards. This editorial reflects on the SAMJ CPG review subcommittee’s experience over the past 4 years and describes the value of more robust CPG development.

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