In this editorial, the authors present issues critical to clinical practice guidelines (CPG) development and uptake, relevant to South Africa and beyond. While recent local efforts to improve CPG quality and credibility in South Africa are commendable, opportunities to progress South Africa CPG quality and uptake are limited by the lack of a central, nationally recognised and accepted CPG development unit. Such a unit has the potential to significantly increase South Africa efforts to improve and standardise high-quality, credible CPG development, reporting and uptake.
To this end, the Project SAGE (South African Guidelines Excellence) team is engaging in a 3-year stakeholder-driven process that aims to better understand the guideline development arena in South Africa, and improve the standard of local guideline development, adaptation, contextualisation, and ultimately implementation of primary healthcare guidelines.
This research is supported by the Department for International Development’s Evidence Building and Synthesis Research Programme which is led by Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
Shingai Machingaidze, Tamara Kredo, Quinette Abegail Louw, Taryn Young, Karen Grimmer. South African Guidelines Excellence (SAGE): Clinical practice guidelines–quality and credibility. South African Medical Journal 105(9): 743-745 September 2015 DOI: 10.7196/SAMJnew.7697
South African Guidelines Excellence (SAGE): Clinical practice guidelines–quality and credibility
Published 1 September 2015