ACP releases paper on methods for developing evidence-based clinical policy papers

ACP's methodology meets the standards of the Guidelines International Network and the National Academy of Medicine.


ACP has published a paper in Annals of Internal Medicine that presents the College's methods for developing evidence-based clinical policy papers for clinical guidelines and guidance statements.

The paper, “The Development of Clinical Guidelines and Guidance Statements by the Clinical Guidelines Committee of the American College of Physicians,” notes that ACP's methodology meets the standards of the Guidelines International Network and the National Academy of Medicine.

Recent enhancements include more stringent disclosure of interest and conflict management policies; inclusion of individuals who are not physicians and their perspective; full adoption of Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) methods; standardized reporting formats that consider value of care, patients with multiple chronic diseases, patient values and preferences, and costs; and further clarification on guidance statement methods.