BMJ Global Health publishes GSL paper on WHO guideline development

September 8, 2018

GSL’s Director Steven Hoffman and Faculty Associate Unni Gopinathan published a study in BMJ Global Health, titled “Institutionalising an evidence-informed approach to guideline development: progress and challenges at the World Health Organization.”

This qualitative study explores the experiences, perceptions and views among World Health Organization (WHO) staff about the changes, progress and challenges brought by the guideline development reforms initiated in 2007. It shows that there has been considerable progress over the past 10 years, but the authors suggest there is still much work to be done.

Key findings from the study include:

  • WHO’s Guidelines Review Committee—which oversees formal guideline development at WHO—is a key institutional mechanism for securing independent evaluation, monitoring and feedback.
  • WHO’s guideline development processes (especially about complex interventions) are not yet designed to systematically make use of all types of relevant research evidence.
  • WHO’s technical departments and scientific advisory committees still issue guidance without subjecting these to WHO’s formal guideline development processes.

Read the full study here.