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What do the Institute of Medicine’s Standards for Developing Trustworthy Clinical Practice Guidelines mean for clinical practice guideline developers? And how can they adapt to the new standards to create guidelines that will improve patient care?

ECRI Institute’s 20 years of in-depth experience with providing support for guideline development can help meet these challenges. Our live April 8, 2015, (1:002:30 pm, ET), webinar, “Creating Evidence-based Guidelines in 2015,” will offer strategies to help guideline developers to improve their methodologies.

ECRI Institute experts will discuss approaches to systematic review, including formulating and refining key questions, and conducting literature searches. Additionally, they’ll explore one of the most important elements of guideline development: leveraging the evidence, which involves assessing study limitations, using expert opinion, evidence grading, and developing actionable recommendations.

Participants will have the opportunity to interact with the presenters and ask questions.

This webinar qualifies for CME credit. Information and forms are below:

CME Accreditation Statement:
This live activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). ECRI Institute is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement:
ECRI Institute designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1
Credit(s). Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.

To receive your CME certificate, you must fill out and return the Record of Credit and Evaluation form by April 15, 2015. The form is available as a Word document and as a PDF.

Credit will be issued only to registered individuals. Group registrations are not permitted.

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  • Vivian Coates, MBA, Vice President, Information Services and Health Technology Assessment, ECRI Institute
  • Stacey Uhl, MSS, Senior Research Analyst, Health Technology Assessment, ECRI Institute
  • James Reston, PhD, MPH, Associate Director, Health Technology Assessment, ECRI Institute

Presenters will:

  • Review the recent changes in the guideline landscape and their impact on guideline development
  • Discuss practical approaches to systematic review
  • Address the process for creating a clinical practice guideline using the best available evidence

Physicians and professionals in the following areas should attend:

  • Clinical guideline development
  • Comparative effectiveness research
  • Coverage and policy development
  • Medical affairs
  • Methodologists
  • Nurses
  • Outcomes research
  • Patient-reported outcomes research
  • Research librarians


1:00–1:05  Introduction and Overview

1:05–1:30  Recent Changes in the Guideline Landscape - Presented by Vivian Coates, MBA

  • Institute of Medicine (IOM) Standards for Trustworthy Guidelines and their Impact on Guideline Developers

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the key messages of the IOM standards for future guideline development

1:30–1:55  Systematic Approaches to Systematic Review - Presented by Stacey Uhl, MSS

  • Determining Guideline Scope
  • Formulating and Refining Key Questions
  • Establishing Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria
  • Conducting Literature Searches
  • Study Designs and Study Limitations
  • Using Existing Systematic Reviews

Learning Objectives

  • Define the goals of the guideline project and develop questions that the guideline will answer
  • Understand the importance of establishing criteria a priori
  • Identify key elements in conducting systematic literature searches
  • Identify the different types of studies and their related strengths and weaknesses
  • Understand when and how to use previous systematic reviews to develop new guidelines

1:55–2:20  Building the Guideline from the Evidence - Presented by James Reston, PhD, MPH

  • Grading the Evidence
  • Developing Recommendations
  • Using Expert Opinion When Evidence is Limited

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the domains that affect the strength of a body of evidence
  • Describe the aspects of each domain to consider when rating the strength of the evidence
  • Understand the approaches to synthesizing domains to formulate strength of evidence and assign ratings
  • Understand the use of expert opinion to support recommendations when evidence is limited

2:20–2:30  Questions and Closing Remarks

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