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Guideline development methodology



Since its inception the Clinical Guidelines Network (formerly known as Australian Cancer Network) has played a key role in the development and dissemination of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines.

Guidelines are available for surveillance colonoscopy, melanoma, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer and lymphoma and are approved by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Guidelines for brain tumours, non-melanoma skin cancer, endometrial cancer and recommendations for the pathology reporting of breast cancer are also available.


Guideline Development Handbook

The guideline development handbook provides a summary of the key steps and requirements for members of the expert Working Parties to prepare wiki-based guidelines.

This handbook provides a series of checklists and outlines the process used to document search strategies, critical appraisal of the literature, review and summarise the evidence, and formulate and grade guideline recommendations.

This resource is based on a series of publications on guideline development produced by the NHMRC. These publications are available on-line at the NHMRC website.

Currently the CGN’s working parties are developing guidelines for:

  • Treatment of lung cancer.
  • Management of Sarcoma.
  • Diagnosis and management of Barrett’s oesophagus and mucosal neoplasia.

The Network will continue to promote best practice in cancer management and plans to evaluate the uptake and impact of its guidelines.

Cancer Guidelines Wiki



This page was last updated on: Friday, September 21, 2012

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