NGC Update Service: September 19, 2016


September 19, 2016

New This Week

Guideline Summaries

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Program in Evidence-based Care

World Health Organization

Withdrawn Summaries

The guideline summary listed below has been withdrawn from the NGC Web site because it no longer meets the NGC Inclusion Criteria. See the Guideline Summaries Archive for a complete list of summaries that have been withdrawn from NGC.

Medical Services Commission, British Columbia

  • Colorectal screening for cancer prevention in asymptomatic patients.


Redesigned Matrix Tool on NGC Site

The Matrix Tool feature has been redesigned and it is now easier to retrieve and export relevant content of interest. Select attributes to filter NGC summary content and generate a matrix that fits your needs. View the Video Tutorial.

Conference News

The Guidelines International Network (G-I-N) 13th annual conference will take place from September 27-30, 2016 in Philadelphia. This conference will be co-hosted by the American College of Physicians, ECRI Institute and Penn Medicine. The theme is "Individualised Guidelines and Clinical Performance Measurement in an Era of Personalised Medicine." Deadline for online Registration is September 21. For more information, visit the G-I-N Conference Web site.

Time is Running Out!

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) Program wants to hear from you about important topics for systematic evidence reviews. You can nominate topics online until October 31.

The vision for AHRQ’s EPC Program is that all health care decisions are based on the best available evidence, resulting in the best possible health outcomes. The EPC Program funds 13 EPCs across the United States and Canada to conduct rigorous, comprehensive evidence reviews of the scientific literature. These reviews focus on a variety of clinical, behavioral, economic, and other issues. EPC evidence reviews are publicly available and may be used to support and inform activities, such as the development of clinical practice guidelines, policies, and translation materials.

The EPC program’s principles are to be: stakeholder-driven, scientifically rigorous, and independent and unbiased. Therefore, it’s critical that we hear from you regarding what topics you want us to examine.

We will review every proposed topic with these selection criteria:

  • Appropriateness
  • Importance
  • Duplication
  • Feasibility
  • Potential impact of a new systematic review
  • Value

For more information about the topic nomination process, please contact:

To see what others have suggested, visit the AHRQ Effective Healthcare Program Web site.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Advisories

August 31, 2016: Opioid Pain or Cough Medicines Combined With Benzodiazepines: FDA review has found that the growing combined use of opioid medicines with benzodiazepines or other drugs that depress the central nervous system (CNS) has resulted in serious side effects, including slowed or difficult breathing and deaths. Opioids are used to treat pain and cough; benzodiazepines are used to treat anxiety, insomnia, and seizures. In an effort to decrease the use of opioids and benzodiazepines, or opioids and other CNS depressants, together, FDA is adding Boxed Warnings, their strongest warnings, to the drug labeling of prescription opioid pain and prescription opioid cough medicines, and benzodiazepines.

September 7, 2016: Ovarian Cancer Screening Tests: The FDA is alerting women about the risks associated with the use of tests being marketed as ovarian cancer screening tests. The Agency is especially concerned about delaying effective preventive treatments for women who show no symptoms, but who are still at increased risk for developing ovarian cancer.

How to Participate

Submit Guidelines: Visit our Submit Guidelines page for information on how to submit your organization's guidelines.

Suggest a Guideline for Possible Inclusion: Submit your suggestions for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines that you would like to see included in NGC.

NGC's Sister Resource

Look for Quality Measures in AHRQ's National Quality Measures Clearinghouse (NQMC).