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European best practice quo vadis? From European Best Practice Guidelines (EBPG) to European Renal Best Practice (ERBP).

Authors
  • Zoccali, Carmine
  • Abramowicz, Daniel
  • Cannata-Andia, Jorge B
  • Cochat, Pierre
  • Covic, Adrian
  • Eckardt, Kai-Uwe
  • Fouque, Denis
  • Heimburger, Olof
  • McLeod, Alison
  • Lindley, Elizabeth
  • Locatelli, Francesco
  • Spasovski, Goce
  • Tattersall, James
  • Van Biesen, Wim
  • Wanner, Christopher
  • Vanholder, Raymond
Type
Published Article
Journal
Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Publication Date
Jul 01, 2008
Volume
23
Issue
7
Pages
2162–2166
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1093/ndt/gfn238
PMID: 18469309
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Although medical guidelines generally are graded according to their evidence level, low evidence 'judgement' are generally perceived as much as absolute truth by the medical community as high evidence 'guidelines' are. Being aware of this bias, a workgroup appointed by the European Renal Association-European Dialysis and Transplantation Association (ERA-EDTA), the members of which are the authors of the current publication, decided that European nephrology guidelines issued by the Association should be published only as 'guidelines' in the case of high-level evidence; otherwise they should be named 'recommendations' or 'position statements' and be published in a different format. Acknowledging that in nephrology, high levels of evidence are often lacking, it was also decided to rename the responsible body from European Best Practice Guidelines (EBPG) to European Renal Best Practice (ERBP). The present publication reviews the arguments based on which this decision was taken.

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