Coming Soon: The critical appraisal of Clinical Practice Guidelines in the Transplant Library

By: Katriona O'Donoghue | Posted on: 21st November 2016

We have recently started adding Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) published since 2005 on all aspects of solid organ transplantation to the Transplant Library database. These include consensus reports, documents and statements where specific recommendations or guidelines are given. In order to facilitate the easy identification of good quality CPGs we aim to appraise all newly added CPGs to the Transplant Library using the Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation (AGREE) II Instrument. The AGREE II instrument has been globally recognised as the premier instrument to critically appraise the methodological rigour and transparency of the guideline development process.

We are looking for clinicians in all aspects of solid organ transplantation to become involved in the critical appraisal of CPGs included in the Transplant Library. The AGREE II instrument recommends 2-4 appraisers per guideline and we aim to include both clinicians and non-clinicians as part of our appraisal panel.

As a Clinical Appraiser you would be expected to complete the critical appraisal of 1-2 CPGs per year in your area of expertise. Each guideline should take approximately 1-2 hours to complete and we will provide all the necessary training required. You will be recognised on the Centre for Evidence in Transplantation (CET) website and in the Transplant Library, as well as gaining essential research experience and critical appraisal skills.

For more information on the selection and inclusion of CPGs in the Transplant Library, please visit the following section on the CET website.

If you are interested in becoming involved, please e-mail Katriona O’Donoghue at [email protected]

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