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Guideline development and update service

Case studies: European Centre of Disease Prevention and Control, Norovirus; Royal College of Surgeons Commissioning Guidance Support

Developing a guideline is a complex process and the prolific nature of publishing means that guidelines and care pathways can become out of date before they are even published. Therefore developing guidelines and keeping them up to date is an increasingly difficult task.

Thanks to over 13 years of experience in providing evidence support for national and international health policy initiatives, Bazian has developed a guideline update service. This has been used by developers of guidelines and care pathways including the Royal College of Nursing, Eunethydis, the Map of Medicine and the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC).

Bazian supports the principles of the Guidelines International Network (G-I-N, by helping to coordinate the input of evidence-based information that is AGREE compliant. This is used for updating guidelines and reducing inappropriate variation in practice.

Bazian’s guideline service is tailored to clients’ needs and can include:

  • Evidence appraisal – can include evidence summaries of single studies, summary of findings tables by outcome or GRADE profiling.
  • Evidence search – high quality, transparent and auditable searches.
  • Knowledge sharing – using a Web 2.0 platform (in development), researchers can discuss issues across their own and other’s groups and search a bank of queries.
  • Alert service – regular updates of significant research to alert groups to landmark studies.
  • Horizon scanning – to help guideline groups to plan new guidelines and prioritise updates based on upcoming drug developments and service redesign.
  • Reviewing update requirements – a consultancy service to help guideline development groups prioritise updates and maintain an updated portfolio.

Bespoke service:

Bazian recognises that guideline development and update processes vary; our service is adaptable and personal, providing systematic support where you decide.

We are always happy to hear from interested users and discuss  your interests and needs. This doesn’t always lead to a commitment to an update, but is an opportunity for advice and initial guidance.

For more information please see our Guideline Update Service brochure or contact us.


“Bazian carried out a systematic review of evidence into the recognition and assessment of children’s pain as part of an update of a Royal College of Nursing clinical practice guideline.  Bazian demonstrated an excellent understanding of the project brief, producing a high-quality and insightful report based on their development of a robust methodological approach and subsequent comprehensive review of the literature.  Following delivery of the report, Bazian have continued to work with the RCN, providing helpful and timely support with further work on the guideline, as well as working with the project team to prepare the review for publication in an international peer reviewed journal. Bazian’s service to the RCN was always helpful, knowledgeable and timely and their contribution to the project will help to support and promote evidence based guidance on children’s pain assessment.”
Chris Watts, Project Manager and Dr Jenny Gordon, Programme Manager, Evidence into Practice team, Royal College of Nursing