External Review of Guidelines

Peer review is a critical component of the guideline development process. New and existing guidelines that have undergone substantive changes are subject to external review to make sure they are clearly written, practical and free of errors.

We depend on B.C. health care professionals to review our draft guidelines. Our external review involves 1) regular mail sent to a random sample of B.C. physicians and relevant specialists, and 2) emails to a group of key partners in areas such as pharmacy, laboratory procedures, health authorities, public health, and  professional colleges and associations. All feedback received is reviewed by the GPAC guideline working group. For more information on our external review process, please see the GPAC Handbook.

BC health care professionals and relevant stakeholders are invited to participate as external reviewers for the draft version of the revised BC Guidelines.

As of 2016, we also post of all our guidelines online for external review.   Peer reviewers can download draft guidelines and submit their feedback questionnaire directly. 

Guidelines Currently in External Review

The External Review for Frailty in Older Adults is now closed.

There are currently no BC Guidelines open for external review.  We anticipate several guidelines will be open for external review in the fall. Please check back in November.

Earning Credit for Continuing Professional Development

Physicians who act as external reviewers for BC Guidelines may be eligible to receive credit towards continuing professional development or continuing medical education. For more information, see Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Credits.