External Review of Guidelines

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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 BC Guidelines.

Guidelines Currently in External Review

New Prostate Cancer Guideline - Open for External Review until June 30th, 2019

The draft Prostate Cancer: Diagnosis, Referral and Follow-up in Primary Care, a new BC Guideline developed in collaboration with BC Cancer’s Provincial Primary Care Program, Family Practice Oncology Network, provides recommendations for primary care providers to guide the investigation and management of adult male patients (≥19 years of age) who present with signs or symptoms that could lead to a diagnosis of prostate cancer.

The guideline addresses:

  • clinical assessment;
  • management of prostate specific antigen (PSA) test results;
  • appropriate referral of the patient to a specialist;
  • post-treatment follow-up;
  • management of the numerous side-effects associated with the treatment of prostate cancer; and
  • how to detect and refer cases of possible recurrence

We appreciate your participation in the external review.

Step 1: Download the draft guideline for review (PDF or Word):

Step 2: Complete the online questionnaire by June 30th, 2019  at: 

Any additional comments on the guideline can be submitted by:

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.