Enhancing capacity for clinical practice guidelines in South Africa

Taryn Young, Janine Dizon, Tamara Kredo, Michael McCaul, Eleanor Ochodo, Karen Grimmer, Quinette Louw

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Introduction: use of good quality, evidence-informed and up-to-date clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) has the potential to impact health outcomes. This paper describes the development, implementation and evaluation of a dedicated CPG training course to address the training needs of CPG stakeholders in South Africa. Methods: we first reviewed the content and teaching strategies of existing CPG courses. This review consisted of a systematic review of teaching and learning strategies for guideline teams and a document review of existing courses offered by international guideline groups, universities and professional groups. We then strengthened an existing CPG course and evaluated it. Results: we found no studies on teaching and learning strategies for guideline teams. We identified six CPG courses being offered as full courses (part of a postgraduate degree program) by universities or as independent training for continuing professional education by professional groups. Contents focused on new guideline development. One course included alternative methods of guideline approaches such as contextualization and adaptation. The format varied from face-to-face sessions, to online sessions, group exercises and discussions, seminar format and project based activities. The revised CPG four-month long course that we implemented was designed to be pragmatic, reflective and contextually relevant. It used local guideline examples, authentic tasks, and an online forum for discussions and resources. It covered de novo CPG development, alternative methods of development (adopting, contextualising, adapting), and implementing CPGs. Course evaluation identified strengths and areas for improvement. Conclusion: dedicated capacity development has potential to positively influence CPG development and implementation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number18
Number of pages11
JournalPan African Medical Journal
Publication statusPublished - 13 May 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Capacity development
  • Clinical practice guideline
  • Evaluation


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