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Living guidelines for stroke management

The Stroke Foundation’s Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management are evolving into living guidelines as a next generation solution for health evidence translation.

This three-year pilot project will build and evaluate a world-first, online, dynamically updating summary of stroke evidence to guide clinical practice and policy development.

Project update – February 2019

During December and January we provided the government our first report on the progress of the living guidelines project. We have finalised the design of the project, continued to enhance the online tools Covidence and MAGICapp, and continued literature screening.

We have also drafted a knowledge translation report based on the findings of a survey conducted late last year, and at the end of February we will hold a workshop with knowledge translation experts. Outcomes from this workshop will help us design the best approach for communicating guideline recommendations and ensuring they’re applied in the community.

How living guidelines work

The living guidelines use ‘evidence surveillance’ systems that continually scan for relevant new research, incorporate it into evidence summaries and rapidly update guideline recommendations whenever there is a substantial change in the evidence.

The ultimate goal is to create a near real-time, closed-loop evidence system in which global evidence and local data are integrated for insight and health decision making.

This work will be supported by new evidence systems from Cochrane Australia, including artificial intelligence, the Cochrane Crowd citizen science community, and the Covidence online systematic review platform.

Guideline recommendations will continue to be developed and published using the MAGICapp platform.

For the latest recommendations, see the Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management.

Diagram of how the evidence summaries turn newly published research and clinical practice data into updated recommendations, which then feed into clinical practice and policy


For more information, please contact guidelines@strokefoundation.org.au

This project is a partnership between the Stroke Foundation and Cochrane Australia, and is supported by the Australian government’s Medical Research Future Fund.

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