[Determining priorities in the development of medical guidelines. 1: Criteria, procedures and actors: a methodological review of international experiences]

Z Arztl Fortbild Qualitatssich. 2000 Jan;94(1):53-60.
[Article in German]


Setting priorities for the development of clinical practice guidelines has--similar to other decision-making procedures in health care--as much a political as a scientific component. Prioritizing guidelines aims to allocate resources to those health problems likely to maximize medical, social and economic outcomes associated with the use of these guidelines. This is a review and critical appraisal of international initiatives of systematically setting priorities for the development of clinical practice guidelines. Priority-setting criteria, both quantitative and qualitative methods as well as participation by relevant stakeholders will be discussed. This review provides possible decision-makers with an information basis which may assist in the development of concepts for setting priorities in a given context.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Forecasting
  • Germany
  • Health Priorities / trends*
  • Health Services Needs and Demand / trends
  • Humans
  • International Cooperation*
  • National Health Programs / trends*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care / trends