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

Iron Deficiency – Investigation and Management  - Open until December 31st, 2018

This is a revision of the 2010 Iron Deficiency – Investigation and Management guideline. The purpose of this guideline is to provide recommendations to primary care providers for the investigation and management of iron deficiency among patients of all ages. 

Updates include:

  • Revised guidance for interpretation of serum ferritin in adults
  • Enhanced guidance regarding diagnosis and management of iron deficiency in pediatrics
  • New algorithms to guide investigation of iron deficiency and iron deficiency anemia

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

Step 2: Complete the online questionnaire by December 31st, 2018 at: https://survey.health.gov.bc.ca/iron

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.