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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EXTERNAL REVIEW: Venous Thromboembolism – Diagnosis and Management (Closes January 5, 2024)

This guideline provides recommendations for the diagnosis and management of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in adults aged ≥ 19 years with hemodynamic stability. It includes lower limb deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) diagnosis in the outpatient setting and management of acute VTE.

Guideline available here

Questionnaire available at: https://surveymoh.health.gov.bc.ca/public/survey/gpac-venous-thromboembolism-external-review


EXTERNAL REVIEW: Tobacco Use Disorder (Closes January 5, 2024)

This guideline provides evidence-based recommendations for primary care practitioners on management of TUD. When the term ‘tobacco’ is used in this guideline, it refers to commercial, smoked tobacco and chew. Vaping is considered in the context of available evidence. The guideline focuses on TUD in patients ages 12 and older. Although the available evidence is derived from adult populations, it is the consensus of the working group that the recommendations may be applied to youth.

Guideline available here, associated documents available here

Questionnaire available at: https://surveymoh.health.gov.bc.ca/public/survey/external-review-questionnaire-tobacco-use-disorder


EXTERNAL REVIEW: Concussion / Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) (Closes January 5, 2024)

This guideline provides recommendations for the primary care assessment, diagnosis, and management of concussion for patients of all ages. A concussion is a type of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) that does not have neuroimaging evidence of structural brain lesions. This guideline can be used for patients with mTBI and positive neuroimaging but is not appropriate for use with moderate or severe brain injuries.

Guideline available here

Questionnaire available at:  https://surveymoh.health.gov.bc.ca/public/survey/bc-guidelines-external-review-questionnaire-draft-concussion-mtbi-guideline  


To learn more about BC Guidelines see our video below

BC Guidelines Overview