Academy members at large will be invited to propose topics
A new process to establish treatment guidelines for C-L psychiatrists proposed by one of the Academy’s subcommittees has been approved by the Board.
The guidelines will focus initially on challenging and sometimes controversial treatments (for example, the use of clozapine in patients receiving chemotherapy) in a bid to achieve expert consensus on best clinical practices.
The process—proposed by ACLP’s Guidelines & Evidence-Based Medicine Subcommittee—sets out a timetable for developing and publishing best practice principles which:
“The aim of ACLP best practice recommendations is to provide an evidence-based framework for clinical evaluation and/or management of problems frequently encountered by C-L psychiatrists,” says lead author and former subcommittee chair Paula Zimbrean, MD, FACLP.
The subcommittee in their proposal give an example of how each guideline may be formulated:
“The intent is to provide discrete, evidence-based recommendations rather than a comprehensive review of a topic area,” says Dr. Zimbrean.
Guidelines, to be reviewed and endorsed by the ACLP Board, will be published on the ACLP website and submitted to the ACLP journal JACLP for possible publication.
Topics for guidelines may be proposed by the Board, the subcommittee, and by Academy members at large. An ad-hoc leader and five or six members from the subcommittee and relevant SIGs will form the core writing group on each topic. Each writing group will identify clinical questions, conduct a systematic literature search, and formulate consensus responses to clinical questions.
Drafted guidelines will be disseminated for comment from relevant SIGs, ACLP committees, ACLP members, and external stakeholders.
Published guidelines will be reviewed by the subcommittee after three years, and a decision made whether to revise the guidelines in the light of subsequent evidence.
Other possible topics discussed by the subcommittee to date are: