Clinical Practice Guideline Overview
Many organizations and associations develop clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) at the local, provincial, national and international level, and make them available to health-care providers. Toward Optimized Practice (TOP) CPGs primarily differ from other CPGs by addressing practice gaps or behaviours that exist in Alberta in regards to various health topics. One key feature of TOP CPGs is the user-friendly format.
The TOP CPG program develops CPGs for use by physicians and their teams. The goal is to provide recommendations and supporting evidence necessary to influence decision-making behaviour for the clinical gap or behaviour identified.
TOP conducts a systematic search of existing guidelines and other high-quality literature to inform the CPG development. Although TOP does not conduct independent systematic reviews or meta-analyses of the research evidence, CPG content is based on existing, high-quality, respected guidelines and/or systematic reviews whenever possible.
TOP CPGs are typically developed by adapting and building upon content from other well established and high quality evidence-based guidelines.
TOP CPGs are reviewed and updated using an internal standardized process. When a CPG evidence base is emerging or likely to change, the CPG is reviewed no later than every two years. For CPGs where the evidence base is not likely to change, the review is no later that every five years.
Download our CPG development methodology document for more information.
Join the Team
The CPG program appreciates input. We are always looking for doctors and health professionals to join our team and help develop content. Participation could include reviewing drat guidelines,or full participation in developing or updating guidelines. If this is of interest, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.