Guideline groups increasingly are seeking to leverage the value of independent systematic reviews. Compared with less formal approaches, systematic reviews are less likely to introduce bias. Such reviews require a pre-planned and structured process, in which the key questions clearly and precisely reflect the evidence needs of the guideline. Designing and conducting systematic reviews to support guideline development requires coordination and communication between guideline committees and systematic review investigators. This panel session is geared to guideline developers interested in partnering with independent systematic review groups. Guideline groups will hear about the benefits and challenges of systematic reviews and how to be an effective partner in the systematic review process to produce useful reviews. Stephanie Chang, Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) programme will moderate the session. Paul Shekelle, Director of the RAND EPC, Chair of the American College of Physicians Clinical Guidelines Committee, and co-Chair of the National Guideline Clearinghouse Editorial Board will review challenges and suggestions for how guideline groups and systematic review investigators can complement one another for effective partnerships. David Buckley, core investigator with the Pacific Northwest EPC at Oregon Health & Science University will focus on how guideline groups can work with systematic reviewers to shape effective questions for systematic review. Joy Melikow, member of the US Preventive Services Task Force Committee will share her perspective as a guideline developer experienced in using systematic reviews and the lessons she has learned in how to be an effective partner.
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