Cancer Care Ontario guidelines cover the entire cancer continuum – prevention, screening, diagnostic assessment, treatment, palliative care, end-of-life care and survivorship. They contain recommendations for practice and policy that reflect the most current and best evidence available from healthcare research and expert opinion.
Types of Guidelines
- Clinical Practice Guidelines are used to help healthcare providers and patients make evidence-informed healthcare decisions for specific medical situations.
- Health System Guidelines are used by leaders in the cancer care system – people such as managers and organizers – to help them make evidence-informed decisions.
- Health Technology Assessments provide a review of technology solutions and their value within a healthcare setting.
- Evidence Summaries are reviews of the best available evidence from healthcare research on a specific topic that provide guidance to healthcare providers, managers and/or policy makers, but do not make recommendations.
- Position Statements describe Cancer Care Ontario’s perspective on a specific topic, as a response to an external statement, guideline, policy position or practice.
- Economic Evaluations study the value for money of investments in programs and processes to fight cancer. They help decision-makers get the most out of each investment.
How Guidelines are Created
Guideline Development Groups (GDGs) are brought together to work on a guideline for a specific topic. Cancer Care Ontario’s Program in Evidence-Based Care (PEBC) follows the guideline development cycle described in the PEBC Handbook.
A multidisciplinary panel of clinicians, content experts and methodologists work together to:
- define practice questions
- identify all relevant evidence
- appraise and interpret the literature
- reach a consensus to create draft recommendations
Once draft recommendation documents are developed, they are then circulated to relevant stakeholders for external review and feedback. A summary of this feedback and the panel response is included in the final documents.
Are you interested in participating in a panel or the guideline review process? Contact the Program in Evidence-Based Care (PEBC) at [email protected].