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 Appropriate Imaging for Common Situations in Primary and Emergency Care guideline was drafted by a working group of practicing BC physicians that reviewed the evidence and then developed recommendations in a concise and applicable format. The working group included representatives of radiology, family medicine, and emergency medicine.

The purpose of this guideline is to communicate best practice for imaging in five common situations in primary and emergency care. The recommendations in this guideline were agreed to by a provincial expert advisory group on medical imaging. The recommendations were developed by consensus to decrease the rate of inappropriate medical imaging and promote appropriate use of imaging resources in BC.

We appreciate your participation in the external review.

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

Step 2: Complete the online questionnaire by September 25th, 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.