Guideline on terminology and definitions of updating clinical guidelines: The Updating Glossary Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • OBJECTIVE: The Guidelines International Network (G-I-N) Updating Guidelines Working Group launched an initiative to develop a glossary (the Updating Glossary) with domains, terms, definitions, and synonyms related to updating of clinical guidelines (CGs). STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING: The steering committee developed an initial list of domains, terms, definitions, and synonyms through brainstorming and discussion. The panel members participated in three rounds of feedback to discuss, refine, and clarify the proposed terms, definitions, and synonyms. Finally, the panel members were surveyed to assess their level of agreement regarding the glossary. RESULTS: Eighteen terms were identified and defined: (1) continuous updating, (2) decision to update, (3) fixed updating, (4) full updating, (5) impact of the new evidence, (6) partial updating, (7) prioritization process, (8) reporting process, (9) signal for an update, (10) surveillance process, (11) time of validity, (12) timeframe, (13) tools and resources, (14) up to date, (15) update cycle, (16) update unit, (17) updated version, and (18) updating strategy. Consensus was reached for all terms, definitions, and synonyms (median agreement scores ≥ 6); except for one term. CONCLUSIONS: The G-I-N Updating Guidelines Working Group assembled the Updating Glossary to facilitate and improve the knowledge exchange among CGs developers, researchers, and users.

authors

  • Martínez García, Laura
  • Pardo-Hernández, Hector
  • Sanabria, Andrea Juliana
  • Alonso-Coello, Pablo
  • Penman, Katrina
  • McFarlane, Emma
  • Martínez García, L
  • Pardo-Hernández, H
  • Sanabria, AJ
  • Alonso-Coello, P
  • Penman, K
  • McFarlane, E
  • Blanchard, S
  • Brereton, L
  • Browers, M
  • Dean, V
  • Flórez Gómez, ID
  • Fuentes, C
  • Grimmer, K
  • Harris, J
  • Haynes, C
  • Iorio, Alfonso
  • James, R
  • Kwong, J
  • Lynch, R
  • Nolan, K
  • Ogunremi, T
  • Okechukwu, K
  • Prabhu Iyer, N
  • Qaseem, A
  • Rey, M
  • Schorr, S
  • Selva, A
  • Shaw, B
  • Shearn, P
  • Shin, ES
  • Stapon, C
  • Tam, I
  • Thornton, J
  • Uhl, S
  • Vandvik, PO
  • Vernooij, RWM

publication date

  • March 2018