Gerard Fulda, M.D., FACS, FCCM, director of Christiana Care Surgical Critical Care and Surgical Research, will chair the Council for Medical Specialty Societies’ Clinical Practice Guideline Developers Group.
The developers group is tasked by the Council for Medical Specialty Societies with reviewing how clinical practice guidelines are currently developed and drafting criteria for future clinical practice guideline development. The Council for Medical Specialty Societies’ goal is to establish a standardized process that harmonizes how clinical practice guidelines become available to physicians, other clinicians and the public.
Based on Dr. Fulda’s group’s feedback, the Council for Medical Specialty Societies will make recommendations regarding:
- Qualifications of developers of clinical guidelines.
- Funding of guideline development.
- Disclosure, management and resolution of conflicts of interest among guideline developers.
- Sources and levels of evidence used in guideline development.
- Process of guideline development and review.
Founded in 1965, the Council for Medical Specialty Societies today represents 37 societies with an aggregate membership of more than 700,000 U.S. physicians. Its main purpose is to provide a forum for collaboration to influence policy, medical education and accreditation from a broad, cross-specialty perspective and a unified voice for specialty societies to improve the United States’ health care system and health of the public.