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Pre-conference courses

There was a varied selection of courses on offer in Manchester, a brief summary of the content is listed below.

Pre-Conference Course 1

The Use of Core Outcome Sets to Inform Guideline Development 

This course aims to describe the rationale for using  a Core Outcome Set (COS) in clinical guidelines, and demonstrate how the COMET database helps to facilitate this, as well as describe the issues to consider when deciding whether a COS is applicable to a guideline in development.  

Guideline developers are now involved in the development of some COS.  Research recommendations emerging from guidelines, particularly where evidence is sparse or low quality, can likewise flag important gaps in COS development and so continue the evidence life cycle.  

The use of COS in guidelines will ensure that outcomes important to patients and health care professionals are considered.

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Pre-Conference Course 2

Developing Guidelines for Rare Diseases: Balancing Rigour and Pragmatism

This course is focused on improving the care of patients with rare disease and is designed specifically for those involved in supporting this patient group and therefore relates to the theme of ‘Why we do what we do’. The development and use of guidelines is a key element of the new European Reference Networks which are designed to improve the quality of care rare disease patients across Europe will receive through the sharing of knowledge and expertise.

At the end of this course, participants will have knowledge and skills on how to develop pragmatic guidelines for management of rare diseases.

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Pre-Conference Course 3 

Introduction to Evidence for Guidelines

This course will provide basic  knowledge and practical experience in searching to support the development of clinical guidelines. By the end of the course participants will:

  • understand the importance of literature searching in guideline development
  • learn how to formulate a search question and develop a simple literature search strategy
  • be familiar with the methods and challenges of literature searching for clinical guideline development at NICE

To provide basic knowledge of how to critically appraise studies to support the development of clinical guidelines. By the end of the course participants will:

  • understand the importance of critical appraisal in guideline development
  • learn how to appraise a systematic review study*
  • learn how to appraise a randomised controlled trial*

*SIGN critical appraisal checklists will be used for the study appraisals

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Pre-Conference Course 4

Introduction to Diagnostic Test Accuracy Studies 

This course aims to highlight and target the importance of understanding and critically appraising diagnostic accuracy studies. This is critical in progressing to understanding diagnostic meta-analysis.

  • understand the principles of diagnostic test accuracy studies
  • identify the strengths and weaknesses of different diagnostic accuracy study designs
  • appraise study outcomes and judge the quality of study methodology
  • be familiar with measures of diagnostic accuracy, such as sensitivity, specificity, positive    
  • and negative predictive value and receiver operating characteristic (ROC)/area under the curve (AUC)
  • understand the difference between diagnostic test accuracy studies and test-and-treat studies

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Pre-Conference Course 5

Using Shared Decision Making to Achieve the Purpose and Impact of Guidelines

The aims are for the participant to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to:

Aim 1: Incorporate shared decision-making principles in a clinical practice guideline

Aim 2: Understand what is involved to create shared decision-making tools (evidence-based patient decision aids)

The specific objectives are for the participant to be able to:

  • Appreciate the concept and current understanding of shared decision making
  • Understand the role of shared decision making and the relationship with clinical practice guidelines
  • Name three distinct principles of shared decision making and how they can be incorporated into clinical practice guidelines
  • List components that require conceptual development to create a patient decision aid
  • Describe evidence-based processes for creating a patient decision aid
  • Identify overlapping areas between the guideline development process and the patient decision aid development process

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Pre-Conference Course 6

Re-defining Guideline Adaptation and Implementation: beyond development, generating a case for facilitation and pre-planned implementation

The main goals of the course include the following:

Presenting the theoretical basis to guideline adaptation projects, with an emphasis on implementation planning and implementation including:

  • Introducing attendees to the knowledge to action framework for evidence-based practice change.
  • Methods for the identification and clarification of issues or problems in practice, how to identify and confirm the impact of problems; the role of pre-planning for implementation when preparing for a guideline adaption project; clarifying guideline priorities; and establishing a call to action informed by key stakeholder engagement strategies.

To discuss and group work solution building strategies for three key steps in planning for guideline implementation, including:

  • Aligning knowledge to local contexts with a focus on organisational systems/practice
  • Assessing innovations, adopters and the practice environment for barriers and supports for implementation
  • Selection, tailoring and testing of implementation interventions

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Pre-Conference Course 7

A Course on Barrier Identification & Solution to Address Guideline Implementation Challenges

 This course aims to provide participants with the knowledge and skills in assessing local context barriers and developing relevant and practical solutions to implement best practice clinical guidelines.

Objectives:

At the end of this workshop, the participants will:

  • Learn and understand our innovative local context barrier identification strategy
  • Know and demonstrate skills in developing solutions to address the barriers in context (includes stakeholder involvement)

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Pre-Conference Course 8

Using the GRADE approach to assess the certainty of evidence in Guideline Development: Part 1

Using the GRADE Evidence to Decision Framework (EtD) to make decisions: Part 2

Part 1 of a two-part series of workshops about the use of GRADE in guideline development. To create guidelines, developers must synthesise the evidence, assess the evidence, and then use the evidence to make recommendations. Part 1, will cover how to use GRADE to assess the certainty of evidence

Part 2 of a two-part series of workshops about the use of GRADE in guideline development. To create guidelines, developers must synthesise the evidence, assess the evidence, and then use the evidence to make recommendations. Part 2, will cover how to incorporate the evidence in the decision-making process to create recommendations using the Evidence to Decision Framework.

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Page last updated: Oct 01, 2018
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