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How clinical practice guidelines can influence personal health care decisions

13 Jan 2017

Clinical practice guidelines can assist patients and the public in making heath care decisions provided they’re communicated effectively, a topic that will be addressed on Weds. Jan 18 by Nancy Santesso at CHEPA’s first seminar of the new year.

Santesso, an assistant professor in McMaster’s Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact (HEI) and Deputy Director of Cochrane Canada, notes that clinical practice guidelines are typically written for health care professionals and program managers and provide guidance when making health care decisions.

These guidelines are meant to also assist patients and the public with their own health care decisions, she says, but it is questionable whether the public is aware of the information from clinical practice guidelines, and whether they even want it. And, if they do want it, how should this information be communicated so that it’s accessible and useful?

Her seminar will draw from a variety of studies she has conducted suggesting that people do want this information, but that it needs to be personalized and provide guidance about how to apply it to their own situations, as well as explaining ‘why’.

She notes that these issues may not be much different from what other decision-makers want.

Santesso is a registered dietitian by background; an editor of the Cochrane Consumers and Communication Review Group, and a member of the GRADE Working Group. She helps organizations develop guidelines by providing training in guideline methods and facilitating the guideline process.

Her research interests lie in the use of systematic reviews and guidelines by patients and the public. 

The seminar will be held on Weds Jan 18 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm in CRL-B119.  All are welcome to attend.

If you are unable to attend in person you are welcome to participate remotely online, using WebEx.  If it is your first time using WebEx, you must first set up your computer by clicking here and following the instructions. Once you’ve set it up you won’t need to do it again for future seminars.

After you’ve set up your computer, click here to participate in Nancy Santesso’s seminar. The meeting password is: chepaseminar

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