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 BC Guidelines.

Guidelines Currently in External Review

Testosterone Testing Protocol - Open until July 31st 

The Testosterone Testing Protocol summarizes the appropriate use of serum testosterone testing in men and women aged ≥19 years. It is an updated version of Testosterone Testing - Protocol (2011). Key updates to the protocol include:

  • New sections: Key Recommendations, Indications for Referral, and Hypogonadism Investigation Algorithm
  • Recommendation that patients fast, use the same lab for initial and follow-up tests, and test when the sleep-wake cycle is stable
  • Approximate lower limits of normal for men <30 years and >50 years
  • Separate guidance for initial and follow up (monitoring) testosterone tests

Step 1: Download the draft of the protocol in PDF or Microsoft Word format:

Step 2: Complete the online questionaire by July 31st, 2018 via:

Any additional comments on the guideline can be submitted by fax to (250) 952-1282 or e-mail attachment to hlth.guidelines@gov.bc.ca.

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.