Building capacity for clinical guideline development with Colombian Universities
NICE International is supporting clinical guideline development in Colombia by means of expert workshops with a network of local academics from several universities. In April, at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, NICE International along with a Chair of one of NICE's Technology Appraisals Committees, provided an overview of the use of economic evaluation in healthcare decision making. In addition, there was a discussion with the NICE International team of the proposed clinical and economic questions selected by the clinical guideline teams based at Javeriana, Universidad de Antíoquia, and the Universidad Nacional. Future engagement with the guideline developers includes a hands-on, practical course on economic modelling.
Update August 2011: From August 8-11, 2011, NICE International delivered a three-and-a-half day hands-on practical workshop on modelling methods to guideline developers in Bogota. This is the second of the expert workshops organised with the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana to support clinical guideline development in Colombia.
Dr Alec Miners of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Francis Ruiz of NICE International delivered lectures on a number of topics that included: the role of modelling in health technology assessment and the types of models commonly used; how to construct a Markov model in Excel and TreeAge; the importance of investigating uncertainty and the role of sensitivity analysis. Participants at the workshop undertook exercises that included fitting Weibull curves to survival data and undertaking probabilistic sensitivity analyses in Excel and TreeAge. Participants at the workshop also had the opportunity to present and discuss their own in-progress cost-effectiveness models, and receive feedback from their peers and the NICE International team on the approach they had taken and any challenges that were encountered.
The workshop was very well received, with one participant noting how ‘important' such training was for the guideline developers, and another hoping NICE International would follow up this workshop with similar training programmes in the future.
Update February 2012: From 8-9 February, 2012, NICE International delivered a two-day workshop on guideline implementation issues to guideline developers in Bogota. This is the third and final expert workshops organised with the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana to support clinical guideline development in Colombia.
Dr Liz Glidewell of the University of Leeds and Francis Ruiz of NICE International delivered lectures on a number of topics that included: What is implementation and implementation research? How NICE supports implementation of its guidance in the UK; the role of financial and non-financial incentives to support the uptake of evidence-based recommendations, and developing theoretically based frameworks to help us to think what is most likely to work for whom, and in what circumstances. Participants at the workshop also had the opportunity to discuss barriers and opportunities for implementing evidence-based recommendations within the Colombian context, and their own on-going strategies to support implementation of guidelines.
On the 9th February Liz Glidewell and Francis Ruiz presented a summary of their lectures and discussions with the Colombian guideline developers to an audience of multiple stakeholders from Colombia that included representatives from industry, medical associations, academia and the Ministerio de Salud y Proteccion Social.
This page was last updated: 22 March 2012