BC Guidelines


BC Guidelines are clinical practice guidelines and protocols that provide recommendations to B.C. practitioners on delivering high quality, appropriate care to patients with specific clinical conditions or diseases. These “Made in BC” clinical practice guidelines are developed by the Guidelines and Protocol Advisory Committee (GPAC), an advisory committee to the Medical Services Commission. The primary audience for BC Guidelines is BC physicians, nurse practitioners, and medical students. However, other audiences such as health educators, health authorities, allied health organizations, pharmacists, and nurses may also find them to be a useful resource.

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What's New

New Partner Guidelines: Accidental Hypothermia and Upper Gastrointestinal Cancers

We are pleased to provide links to two new partner guidelines on our Partner Guidelines page:

Accidental Hypothermia: Evaluation, Triage and Management - BC Accidental Hypothermia Working Group www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/practitioner-pro/bc-guidelines/bc_hypothermia_cpg.pdf

Upper Gastrointestinal Cancers - Family Practice Oncology Network


New Partner Guideline: A Guideline for the Clinical Management of Opioid Use Disorder

The British Columbia Centre on Substance Use and the Ministry of Health have released A Guideline for the Clinical Management of Opioid Use Disorder. The guideline provides evidence-based recommendations to BC physicians and nurse practitioners for the clinical management of opioid use disorder.

Highlights include:

  • Recommending buprenorphine/naloxone as the preferred first-line option for treatment of opioid use disorder; and
  • Strongly recommending against offering withdrawal management (also known as 'detox') as a stand-alone treatment, unless a plan is in place to transition individuals to continued addiction treatment following completion of withdrawal management. 

Until June 5, 2017, this guideline is provided for educational purposes. For clinicians wishing to prescribe buprenorphine/naloxone and/or methadone please refer to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC’s Methadone and Buprenorphine: Clinical Practice Guideline for Opioid Use Disorder. After June 5, 2017, this guideline will become the guideline for the province of British Columbia.

For more information on the BC Centre on Substance Use, check out the website at: www.bccsu.ca

Introducing the New Online External Review Page

BC Guidelines is pleased to introduce a new External Review of Guidelines page to our website. This new page allows peer reviewers to download draft guidelines and submit questionnaire feedback directly from our website. We are also happy to provide a new online questionnaire that can be submitted through your web browser. Participating as an external reviewer has never been easier!

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Other Important News

Earn Continuing Medical Education Credits with BC Guidelines

Update on Mainpro+® Credits for Family Physicians ‚Äč

With the launch of the College of Family Physicians of Canada's new Mainpro+ system, there are now more opportunities to earn credit for continuing medical education / continuing professional development through using and participating in the development of BC Guidelines. For more details, see Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Credits.

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