Jorma Komulainen, MD, PhD
Jorma Komulainen, adjunct professor, editor-in-chief in Current Care guidelines, Finnish Medical Society Duodecim, Helsinki, Finland.
My background is in paediatric endocrinology, with which I have around 25 years experience from working as a clinical practitioner. Although during the last decade, I have been active in other than clinical fields, I still see myself as a clinical physician, and continue part-time practice with my patients. My scientific work mainly consists of original publications in the fields of diabetes, paediatric endocrinology, and health informatics. In addition, I have been one of the writers of altogether 15 Finnish national evidence-based Current Care clinical practise guidelines.
In 2003, I became involved in the world of guidelines as a part-time editor in the Current Care. A few years later I was nominated as the development manager. This was an interesting task, which included management of EBMeDS (Evidence Based Medicine electronic Decision Support) development project between 2006-2008. After working as a senior medical officer in the National Institute for Health and Welfare between 2008-2011, I took my current post as the editor-in-chief of Current Care guidelines in the spring of 2011.
Since the meeting in Lyon, I have participated in most of the G-I-N congresses with abstracts, oral presentations and workshops. In the Helsinki meeting in 2008, I was a member of the scientific committee as well as the organising committee. I have also become involved in the G-I-N Evidence Tables working group.
The Finnish Medical Society Duodecim is a founding member of G-I-N. We have produced national clinical evidence-based guidelines since 1995. At the moment, we are strongly developing the role of rehabilitation in our guidelines, as well as developing tools for implementation of the guidelines.
Vision for G-I-N over the next 5 years
G-I-N is a network for clinical practice guideline development, dissemination, implementation and evaluation. A good network consists of different people and organisations, with different opinions. G-I-N continues to be an open forum for sharing ideas and experiences, not for setting regulations and standards.
Producing clinical practice guidelines is costly and requires a lot of effort. While many of the guidelines are likely to stay local or national, critically appraised evidence can, and should be shared. G-I-N will continue the development of tools, such as GINDER, for sharing this evidence.
On many occasions, even entire guidelines can be localised. G-I-N will actively search contacts in developing countries, to help these countries to either produce their own clinical practise guidelines, or to localise guidelines produced elsewhere.
Information technology offers many potential tools for guideline implementation. G-I-N will offer a forum for IT-developers to share ideas and to plan future cooperation.