CMSS Continues Process for Standardization of Clinical Practice Guidelines Highlighted in the Recent IOM Report
For Immediate Release
March 29, 2011
Chicago, IL – The Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) applauds the Institute of Medicine (IOM) for focusing on the need for clinical practice guidelines (CPG) we can all trust. CMSS agrees with IOM in recommending that clinical practice guidelines be unbiased, scientifically valid, trustworthy and incorporate recognized grading systems for characterizing the quality of available evidence and strength of clinical recommendations.
In 2010, CMSS established a CPG Developers Group to begin the process of standardization of clinical practice guidelines leading to harmonization of guidelines available to physicians, other clinicians and the public. Over the past year, the CMSS CPG Developers Group has been reviewing how CPG’s are currently developed, and has drafted criteria for future development of CPG’s which promise to reliably produce clinical practice guidelines which follow a standardized process.
In 2011, CMSS plans to make recommendations regarding:
~ Qualifications of developers of clinical guidelines
~ Funding of guideline development
~ Disclosure, management and resolution of conflicts of interest among guideline developers
~ Sources and levels of evidence used in guideline development
~ Process of guideline development and review
CMSS anticipates that following the recommended processes of guideline development by specialty societies will lead to greater standardization of clinical practice guidelines, better tools for clinicians, and ultimately improved patient care and outcomes. CMSS also recognizes the challenge of harmonization of multiple guidelines on similar topics, a complex yet laudable goal. CMSS looks forward to working with the IOM and other national stakeholders to seek to harmonize, standardize, and continue to improve the development of clinical practice guidelines.
Founded in 1965, CMSS was created to provide an independent forum for the discussion by medical specialists of issues of national interest and mutual concern. Today, CMSS represents thirty-seven societies with an aggregate membership of more than 700,000 US physicians. Its main purpose is to provide a forum for collaboration to influence policy, medical education and accreditation from a broad, cross-specialty perspective. CMSS is the unified voice for specialty societies established to improve the United States’ healthcare system and health of the public. For more information visit CMSS at www.cmss.org.