We tabulated web-based Sri Lankan CPG (SLCPG) into a single web-portal, graded into five levels and made it available in the public domain.
2011 ‘Clinical Practice Guidelines’ (CPG) are statements that include recommendations intended to optimize patient care that are informed by a systematic review of evidence and an assessment of the benefits and harms of alternative care options’ (IoM, 2011)
Development and implementation of high-quality CPG is fraught with difficulty. CPG panels are expected to abide by standards that ensure their processes are multi- disciplinary, systematic and unbiased.
There are detailed processes available for developing a CPG, including the World Health Organization (WHO), the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) , the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)  and the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) , each with their own approach to guideline construction and writing, usually described in a guideline development manual.
SLCPG are graded according to 5 levels:
- Highly recommended – Developed by institution, available in the relevant institution website, year mentioned, name/s of authors, references present
- Recommended - same as (1) but no references
- Recommended with caution – same as (1) but no references, no year
- Optional- Institution, year, name/s of authors available. not in the relevant college website, no references
- Not recommended
We would welcome suggestions to improve the SLCPG portal.
Please do send us an email ([email protected]) giving the information regarding any Sri Lankan clinical guideline that we may have missed.
S.Withana, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya.
Conflict of Interest: None declared by team members.