Lubna A. Al-Ansary, MBBS, MSc, MRCGP, FRCGP
Lubna A. Al-Ansary is a Professor of Family Medicine at the College of Medicine, a part-time Consultant Family Physician at the Primary Care Centre and the head of the Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) Committee at King Saud University (KSU), the oldest and largest university in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). The CPGs Committee has been established by the Quality Department in an effort to promote evidence-based clinical practice guidelines (EB-CPGs) at the 2 university hospitals thereby meeting the accreditation standards. Her efforts in promoting evidence-based health care in KSA and the Gulf Countries since the late 1990’s, allowed her to hold the Bahamdan Research Chair for evidence-based health care and knowledge translation at KSU, which focuses on evidence-generation and implementation. In 4 years, the Bahamdan Chair has published more than 30 papers, two-thirds of which are systematic reviews. Along with her team at the Research Chair, she has provided in-depth training on specific skills needed for local adaptation of CPGs (using the ADAPTE framework) for different organisations in KSA and the neighbouring countries. She has also provided consultations for the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at the Ministry of Health and for professional Societies in their initiatives towards establishing national EB-CPGs.
Lubna has always been a strong believer of the mission and objectives of G-I-N. After being an individual G-I-N member for a few years, she managed to facilitate establishing an organisational membership for KSU since 2009 through the Bahamdan Chair in collaboration with the Quality Department at the College of Medicine. Offering a nation-wide access to G-I-N through the Chair’s website helped in raising awareness about EB-CPGs in general, and the unique and central role of G-I-N in particular, at a very critical time when various health organisations are working hard to be nationally or internationally accredited. Lubna has been a co-opted Board Trustee for 2012/3, which has helped her to get familiar with how G-I-N works from the inside. During the past year, she has been a member of G-I-N’s Membership Committee and a member of the Scientific Committee for the annual Conference held in Berlin, Germany, which has commemorated G-I-N's 9th anniversary.
Being recognised for her work in guidelines and evidence-based medicine in KSA and the Gulf Countries as well as human rights, Lubna has become a member of the Consultative Council (Majlis Al-Shura), which is the ‘Appointed Parliament’ in KSA. She joined the Council in January 2013 as one of the first women MPs ever. She was elected as the Deputy Chairperson for the Health Affairs and Environment Committee of the Council and she was selected to represent women MPs at the Inter-parliamentary Union.
Vision for G-I-N over the next 5 years
G-I-N is recognised as an indispensable resource for all those interested in developing EB-CPGs in many parts of the world. Lubna would like to:
- Facilitate G-I-N’s presence and growth in the middle east-north Africa region and encourage international collaboration in developing CPGs that meet the standards of G-I-N and the Institute of Medicine.
- Help G-I-N in taking a more proactive leadership role in avoiding duplication of efforts by encouraging members to register their protocols for developing/adapting CPGs through a process similar to registering the protocols of systematic reviews at the Cochrane’s Collaboration or PROSPERO.
- Help in scoping/mapping the available and current CPGs to highlight gaps and identify and prioritise areas of focus that will best serve the needs of the developed and developing countries.
- Enrich G-I-N’s "implementability" concept and the existing body of knowledge on guidelines’ implementation by putting this knowledge into practice in the local context and by assessing the performance of the guidelines implementability tools at the regional level.