What is the Guideline Toolkit?

This Guideline Toolkit is a free comprehensive guideline resource designed to assist individuals who are interested in knowing how to develop clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) from scratch or alternative methods to develop guidelines for your current context. Whether you are new to guidelines or an experienced guideline developer all you need is right here.

The Guideline Toolkit is the product of a South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) Flagship project, SAGE (South Africa Guidelines Excellence), a collaboration between Cochrane South Africa, SAMRC, the Centre for Evidenced-based Health Care (CEBHC) at Stellenbosch University andInternational Centre for Allied Health Evidence (iCAHE) at the University of South Australia. For more information on these partners please see at the bottom of the page.

How to use this Guideline Toolkit?

The Guideline Toolkit is presented using a user-friendly decision-making tool to facilitate an understanding of the processes involved in guideline development. The Guideline Toolkit provides you with the basic resources needed wherever you are in your guideline journey. Resources are grouped around certain topics.

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Cochrane South Africa, at the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC)

Cochrane South Africa situated at the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) is part of the international Cochrane Collaboration a non-profit organisation operating worldwide, which disseminates up-to-date reviews on the effects of healthcare interventions in order to ensure health care decision-making within Africa will be informed by high quality, timely and relevant research evidence.

South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) Health Systems Research Unit (HSRU)

The main purpose of the Health Systems Research Unit (HSRU) is to conduct health systems research to develop and improve the organisation, efficiency, effectiveness and impact of health systems on population health. The unit is at the forefront of conducting both qualitative and quantitative health systems research in South Africa and across the continent.

Centre for Evidence-Based Health Care (CEBHC) and Physiotherapy Division at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University

The Centre for Evidence-based Health Care (CEBHC) is a coordinating and directive institution for research and training at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of Stellenbosch University in the field of evidence-based health care. Core activities of the CEBHC include research, teaching and knowledge translation. The CEBHC has a dedicated Biostatistics Unit.

International Centre for Allied Health Evidence (iCAHE), University of South Australia

Established in 2002, the International Centre for Allied Health Evidence (iCAHE) is located at the University of South Australia and is a Member of the Sansom Institute. iCAHE works locally, nationally and internationally to achieve its mission. iCAHE’s research teams conduct qualitative and quantitative primary and secondary allied health research and iCAHE researchers inform and deliver evidence-based practice in all allied health undergraduate, postgraduate and continuous professional development programmes.

About the Guideline Toolkit

The Guideline Toolkit is an output of Project SAGE, an innovative partnership which aims to enhance the quality of primary healthcare by engaging in a stakeholder-driven process to improve the standards of local clinical guideline development, adaptation, contextualisation and, ultimately, implementation.

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