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Evidence Synthesis Methodology Working Group

The primary goal of the Evidence Synthesis Methodology Working Group (ESM-WG) is to provide a venue for ATS members who are interested in systematic reviews and/or clinical practice guideline methodology to collaborate, troubleshoot methodological challenges, and discuss cutting-edge developments in evidence appraisal and guideline development.

An emphasis of the ESM-WG is to attract young individuals who want to learn how to perform a systematic review, appraise evidence, and/or formulate and grade recommendations using the GRADE approach. The ATS has an urgent need to identify, train, and retain such individuals, in order to increase the society's methodological capacity to support the development of ATS clinical practice guidelines that adhere to the Institute of Medicine's rigorous standards.

The ESM-WG hosts several active projects. A workshop is planned for the 2014 ATS International Conference in San Diego, during which a systematic approach will be developed for considering multiple chronic co-morbidities in clinical practice guidelines, since current guidelines tend to be written for patients with a single chronic condition. The workshop is part of an initiative from the Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health to develop a "Strategic Framework on Multiple Chronic Conditions". In addition, the working group is recruiting individuals interested in guideline methodology for on-the-job methodological training on current or future clinical practice guideline panels. Finally, the working group hopes to facilitate collaboration in research projects investigating the methodology of clinical practice guidelines, particularly those methods that affect the balance of efficiency and quality.

Contact: Chair, Kevin C. Wilson, MD,

Last Reviewed: June 2016