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Piloting clinical guideline development in Georgia

In March 2010, NICE International signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs (MoLHSA) of Georgia. This sets out cooperation between NICE and the Georgian Ministry in aspects related to the improvement of quality and access to health care in Georgia through the development of evidence-based clinical guidelines on the management of high priority diseases.

Building on this, NICE International and the MoLSHA are working on a collaborative project to develop a clinical guideline for Georgia. The project runs from April 2010 to December 2010. The aim is to help build local capacity, through hands-on training in adaptation of an existing NICE guideline to the Georgian setting with the active input from Georgian health professionals, policy makers, academics, service users, health insurance and industry.

The project involves the following objectives:

  • Help build some of the necessary strategic and technical expertise to support the development and application of evidence-informed standards in day-to-day policy and practice in Georgia and identify key areas where further capacity building is needed.
  • Develop/strengthen the framework - including structures, methods and processes - for adapting an evidence-based clinical guideline and implementation support documents in the Georgian healthcare setting, using an existing NICE guideline and the underlying evidence base, as the starting point.

May 2010: As an initial phase of the project and to help build technical capacity, a NICE consultant delivered a ten-day introductory course on systematic review. The course was attended by staff from the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs, clinicians and other technical personnel.

February 2011: On 24th February the Georgian Ministry of Labour Health and Social Affairs (MOLHSA) launched the Georgian Clinical guideline on the diagnosis and initial management of acute stroke & transient ischaemic attack (TIA). The event was introduced by the Deputy Minister Mr. David Lomidze and Director of Health Dr. Rusudan Rukhadze. http://www.moh.gov.ge/index.php?lang_id=ENG&sec_id=10. The guideline was adapted from the NICE guideline (CG68) and was developed collaboratively with NICE International. A Quick Reference Guide and Patient document have also been produced as well as a Guidelines manual for Georgia.

Dr Rusudan said the development and implementation of clinical guidelines and protocols is essential for Georgia, especially in the context of the health care reforms, building of new hospitals and training of health professionals. The MoLHSA is working closely with the insurance companies and donor organisations to implement this guideline and to improve the quality of care and services for the all Georgian citizens.

Attendees of the NICE 10-day introductory course on systematic review in Georgia

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