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

Opioid Use Disorder - Diagnosis and Management in Primary Care

Developed in collaboration with the BC Centre on Substance Use

Open until December 18th, 2017

This guideline presents recommendations for diagnosis and management of opioid use disorder in primary care with a focus on induction and maintenance of buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone®) opioid agonist treatment for adults and youth (ages 12 years and older).   

This is a summary version of the recently published Guideline for the Clinical Management of Opioid Use Disorder developed by the BC Centre on Substance Use and Ministry of Health, available at bccsu.ca. The provincial Guideline for the Clinical Management of Opioid Use Disorder was the central document on which the attached BC Guideline was based, but the content has been condensed and adapted for use in the primary care setting. The summary guideline was drafted by a working group that includes Addiction Medicine physicians, general practitioners, pharmacists, and representatives of the BC Centre on Substance Use.

The goal of this guideline is to encourage primary care practitioners to recognize and treat opioid use disorder as part of their broad practice.

Step 1: Download the Guideline (PDF or Microsoft Word)

Step 2: Complete the questionnaire at survey.health.gov.bc.ca/OUD by December 18th, 2017

  • Please complete the online questionnaire at survey.health.gov.bc.ca/OUD.
  • Any additional comments on the guideline (e.g. guideline with comments or tracked changes) 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.