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 protocol was developed by the Guidelines and Protocols Advisory Committee (GPAC). It provides guidance on appropriate testing for suspected urinary tract infection (UTI) in adults ≥ 19 years. It also includes guidance in certain populations with potential asymptomatic bacteriuria, such as the elderly, pregnant women and those who will undergo a urologic procedure. Links to resources for management are provided.

Key updates to the 2009 version of the protocol include:

1) information on urine collection and storage

2) indications for the use of urine dipstick, microscopy and urine culture

3) a new table to assist with diagnosis and testing recommendations

We appreciate your participation in the external review.

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

Step 2: Complete the online questionnaire by January 3rd, 2019 at:

Any additional comments on the guideline can be submitted by:


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.

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.