How to Write a Guideline from Start to Finish

A Handbook for Healthcare Professionals


  • Richard Bowker, MA, MRCPCH, MB, BS, Paediatric Specialist Registrar, Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust, UK
  • Monica Lakhanpaul, MB, BS, MRCP, MRCPCH, DM, Senior Lecturer in Child Health, University of Leicester, and Consultant Paediatrician, Leicester Specialist Community Children Services, UK
  • Maria Atkinson, MB, ChB, MRCPCH, Clinical Research Fellow, Academic Divsion of Child Health, Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham, UK
  • Kate Armon, DM, FRCPCH, MRCP, DCH, DRCOG, BM, BS, BMedSc, Consultant Paediatrician, Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, Norwich, UK
  • Roderick MacFaul, FRCP, FRCPCH, DCH, Consultant Paediatrician, Pinderfields General Hospital, Wakefield, UK
  • Terence Stephenson, DM, FRCP, FRCPCH, Professor of Child Health; Dean, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, Medical School, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK

This title is directed primarily towards health care professionals outside of the United States. It provides a handbook for health professionals on the process of Guidelines preparation and implementation - from start to finish. It includes many real life examples of each step in the process as illustrated from existing Guidelines. Information is provided on how to access the extensive literature that is available throughout the world by inclusion of a comprehensive list of important sites - an extremely valuable and time-saving resource.
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Book information

  • Published: December 2007
  • ISBN: 978-0-443-10035-2

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction, M. Atkinson

Chapter 2. Developing a National Guideline, T. Stephenson

Chapter 3. Developing Local Guidelines, M. Atkinson

Chapter 4. Getting started – or Working Back to Front, R. Bowker

Chapter 5. Forming Clinical Questions, R. Bowker

Chapter 6. Searching for Evidence, R.Bowker

Chapter 7. Critical Appraisal and Building Evidence Tables, R. Bowker

Chapter 8. Consensus Processes, K. Armon

Chapter 9. The Delphi Consensus Process, K. Armon

Chapter 10. Health Economics, H.-R. Douglas

Chapter 11. Making Recommendations, M. Lakhanpaul

Chapter 12. The Audit Package, R. MacFaul

Chapter 13. Appraisal, R. Bowker

Chapter 14. Dissemination and Implementation - or Getting the Message Across, M. Lakhanpaul

Chapter 15. Legal Issues, R. Bowker

Appendix 1: The AGREE Appraisal Instrument

Appendix 2: Care Pathways