External Review of Guidelines

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

Guidelines Currently in External Review:

The Heart Failure – Diagnosis and Management guideline provides recommendations for the diagnosis and management of people aged ≥ 19 years with suspected or confirmed heart failure in the primary care setting. It focuses primarily on chronic ambulatory heart failure. The revised guideline provides new recommendations on medication titration. Given that heart failure is associated with reduced life expectancy, advanced care planning and palliative care are also addressed in his revised version of the guideline.

Step 1: Download the draft guideline for review:

Heart Failure – Diagnosis and Management (PDF, 814 KB)

Step 2: Complete the online questionnaire by January 12, 2023 at:


This guideline is an adaptation of the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use’s (BCCSU) Provincial Guideline for the Clinical Management of High-Risk Drinking and Alcohol Use Disorder (2019). It aims to outline the identification and clinical management of high-risk drinking and alcohol use disorder in adults (individuals aged 25 years and older) and youth (individuals aged 11-24 years). The guideline was drafted by a working group of BC practitioners, including family physicians, addiction medicine physicians, as well as people with lived/living experience.

Step 1: Download the draft guideline for review:

High-Risk Drinking and Alcohol Use Disorder (PDF, 1.2 MB)

Step 2: Complete the online questionnaire by January 12, 2023 at:


We depend on BC health care professionals to review our draft guidelines. Our external review involves 1) regular mail sent to a random sample of BC 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.

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.

Earning Mainpro+ credits and Maintenance of Certification Credits

Peer reviewers for BC Guidelines are eligible for continuing professional development credit: family physicians may self-claim Mainpro+ credits with the College of Family Physicians of Canada; and specialist physicians may self-claim Maintenance of Certification credits with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.