Ensuring Consistent European-Wide Urological Care by the Use of Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines: Can We Do Better

Emma Jane Smith, Steven MacLennan, Anders Bjartell, Alberto Briganti, Thomas Knoll, Tillmann Loch, Maria J. Ribal, Richard Sylvester, Hein Van Poppel, James N'Dow

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Abstract

The European Association of Urology (EAU) annually updates 21 clinical practice guidelines in which summaries of the evidence base and best practice recommendations are made. The methodology applied to achieve this and integrate stakeholder opinion is continuously improving. However, there is evidence to suggest wide variation in clinical practice indicating that many patients receive suboptimal and heterogeneous care. Studies from certain countries suggest that two out of five patients do not receive care according to the current scientific evidence, and in one out of four cases the care provided is potentially harmful. Clearly the harmonisation of care in alignment with evidence-based best practice recommendations is something to strive for. Development of robust methods to disseminate and implement guideline recommendations and measure their impact is an objective the EAU is committed to improving. An important strategy for achieving harmonisation in urological care across Europe is to ensure the availability of high quality clinical practice guidelines and to actively promote their implementation by clinicians and healthcare providers.
Original languageEnglish
Article number479725
JournalBiomedicine Hub
Volume2
Issue numberSuppl. 1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017

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Keywords

  • Urology
  • stakeholder involvement
  • clinical practice guidelines
  • impact assessment

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