Guideline Adaptation and Development

Guideline Adaptation and Development

Promoting the use of evidence to encourage and support best practice in pain management

The Guideline Adaptation and Development Program develops methodologically rigorous, clinically relevant guidelines in collaboration with clinicians, policy makers, and patients that provide a platform for inter-professional collaboration, integration of healthcare services, and delivery of uniform, cost-effective, and evidence-based care.

The Program started in 2004 (originally called the Ambassador Program) as a knowledge translation strategy for promoting the use of current research evidence in pain management across Alberta. In 2006, the Program’s scope was expanded to include development of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for the primary care management of low back (three editions) and headache (two editions). The Program’s processes and method advancements have been featured in 12 peer-reviewed pu8blications and book chapters and at major provincial, national, and international conferences.

The Program has also applied its successful guideline development model to create Criteria for the Clinical Use of Immune Globulin (two editions), in collaboration with the Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan ministries of health. The Criteria will inform immune globulin utilization management policy across the three provinces.


For more information or if you have any questions about the Program, please email [email protected]