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Canadian Critical Care Society revised process for guideline development and endorsement

  • Francois LamontagneEmail author
  • Frédérick D’Aragon
  • Karen E. A. Burns
  • Émilie Belley-Côté
  • Michelle Kho
  • Kusum Menon
  • Erick Duan
  • Marie-Hélène Masse
  • Patrick Archambault
  • Carmen Hrymak
  • Bram Rochwerg
Correspondence

To the Editor,

Clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) are “statements that include recommendations intended to optimize patient care that are informed by a systematic review of evidence and an assessment of the benefits and harms of alternative care options”.1 Healthcare workers struggle to keep up with rapidly evolving scientific literature. In theory, CPGs constitute a comprehensive overview of the best available evidence addressing a specific clinical question and take into account considerations such as certainty in the evidence, patients’ values and preferences, and resource use or cost. These factors are used to generate actionable and trustworthy recommendations, which may inform clinician-patient discussions and shared decision-making.2 Reducing the gap between scientific evidence and actual practice may improve the safety and efficiency of healthcare interventions.3In contrast, failure to adhere to these high standards when developing guidelines may lead to erroneous...

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Conflicts of interest

None declared.

Editorial responsibility

This submission was handled by Dr. Hilary P. Grocott, Editor-in-Chief, Canadian Journal of Anesthesia.

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© Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Francois Lamontagne
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Frédérick D’Aragon
    • 1
    • 2
  • Karen E. A. Burns
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • Émilie Belley-Côté
    • 6
  • Michelle Kho
    • 6
  • Kusum Menon
    • 7
    • 8
  • Erick Duan
    • 5
  • Marie-Hélène Masse
    • 1
    • 2
  • Patrick Archambault
    • 9
    • 10
    • 11
  • Carmen Hrymak
    • 12
  • Bram Rochwerg
    • 5
  1. 1.Département de médecine, Faculté de médecine et des sciences de la santéUniversité de SherbrookeSherbrookeCanada
  2. 2.Centre de recherche du CHU de SherbrookeSherbrookeCanada
  3. 3.Interdepartmental Division of Critical Care MedicineUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  4. 4.Li Ka Shing Knowledge InstituteSt Michael’s HospitalTorontoCanada
  5. 5.Health Research Methods, Evaluation and ImpactMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada
  6. 6.McMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada
  7. 7.University of OttawaOttawaCanada
  8. 8.Children’s Hospital of Eastern OntarioOttawaCanada
  9. 9.Population Health and Optimal Health Practices Research Unit, Trauma-Emergency-Critical Care MedicineCentre de recherche du CHU de Québec-Université LavalQuebecCanada
  10. 10.Division of Critical Care Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Faculty of MedicineUniversité LavalQuebecCanada
  11. 11.Department of Family and Emergency Medicine, Faculty of MedicineUniversité LavalQuebecCanada
  12. 12.Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Critical Care, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Max Rady College of MedicineUniversity of ManitobaWinnipegCanada

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