Effective June 2014:
In order for NGC to accept a submitted clinical practice guideline, the guideline must meet all the criteria below. In addition to the guideline, developers must provide NGC with documentation of the underlying systematic review*.
- The clinical practice guideline contains systematically developed statements including recommendations intended to optimize patient care and assist physicians and/or other health care practitioners and patients to make decisions about appropriate health care for specific clinical circumstances.
- The clinical practice guideline was produced under the auspices of a medical specialty association; relevant professional society; public or private organization; government agency at the Federal, State, or local level; or health care organization or plan. A clinical practice guideline developed and issued by an individual(s) not officially sponsored or supported by one of the above types of organizations does not meet the inclusion criteria for NGC.
- The clinical practice guideline is based on a systematic review of evidence as demonstrated by documentation of each of the following features in the clinical practice guideline or its supporting documents.
NB: A guideline is not excluded from NGC if a systematic review was conducted that identifies specific gaps in the evidence base for some of the guideline's recommendations.
- An explicit statement that the clinical practice guideline was based on a systematic review.
- A description of the search strategy that includes a listing of database(s) searched, a summary of search terms used, the specific time period covered by the literature search including the beginning date (month/year) and end date (month/year), and the date(s) when the literature search was done.
- A description of study selection that includes the number of studies identified, the number of studies included, and a summary of inclusion and exclusion criteria.
- A synthesis of evidence from the selected studies, e.g., a detailed description or evidence tables.
- A summary of the evidence synthesis (see 3d above) included in the guideline that relates the evidence to the recommendations, e.g., a descriptive summary or summary tables.
- The clinical practice guideline or its supporting documents contain an assessment of the benefits and harms of recommended care and alternative care options.
- The full text guideline is available in English to the public upon request (for free or for a fee). Upon submission of the guideline to NGC, it also must be noted whether the systematic review or other supporting documents are available in English to the public upon request (for free or for a fee).
- The guideline must have been developed, reviewed, or revised within the past five years, as evidenced by appropriate documentation (e.g., the systematic review or detailed description of methodology).
- The clinical practice guideline (CPG) contains systematically developed statements that include recommendations, strategies, or information that helps physicians and/or other healthcare practitioners and patients to make decisions about appropriate health care for specific clinical circumstances.
- The CPG was produced under the auspices of medical specialty associations; relevant professional societies; public or private organizations; government agencies at the federal, state, or local levels; or healthcare organizations or plans. A CPG developed by an individual not officially sponsored by one of the above organizations does not meet the inclusion criteria for NGC.
- Corroborating documentation can be produced and verified to prove that a systematic literature search and review of existing scientific evidence published in peer-reviewed journals were performed during the guideline development.
- A guideline is not excluded from NGC if corroborating documentation can be produced and verified, detailing specific gaps in scientific evidence for some guideline recommendations.
- The full-text guideline is available on request in print or electronic format (free or for a fee) in English. The guideline is current and the most recent version produced. Documented evidence can be produced or verified to prove the guideline was developed, reviewed, or revised within the past 5 years.