Guideline Procedures and Policies

As a leader in education and innovation, the CNS recognizes high-quality, evidence-based guidelines as a critical tool to confront a rapidly changing health care environment. 

“Clinical practice guidelines are statements that include recommendations intended to optimize patient care that are informed by a systematic review of evidence and an assessment of the benefits and harms of alternative care options.”

The CNS has an in-house infrastructure to promote and support the creation and methodological processes to produce evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, in partnership with the AANS/CNS joint specialty sections, who will continue to provide the scientific content experts fundamental to quality guidelines formulation.

The CNS provides varying levels of support for guideline development, including:

  • Idea refinement

  • Multidisciplinary task force group creation

  • Evidence tables development

  • Librarian and methodological support

  • Grading criteria for levels of evidence and recommendations

  • Writing assistance

  • Peer review by the AANS/CNS joint guidelines committee

  • Publication logistics assistance with Neurosurgery®

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