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Guidelines Development

Supporting the distribution of knowledge on prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases is a major responsibility of the European Society of Cardiology.

In order to improve clinical practice, the Society charges groups of European experts with the task of creating recommendations and guidelines for clinical practice, published as Task Force Reports, or other Study Groups.

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These recommendations and guidelines clarify areas of consensus and disagreement, allowing distribution of the best possible guidance to practicing physicians. See the list of ESC Guidelines Task Forces. 

The Committee for Practice Guidelines

The Committee for Practice Guidelines or CPG considers innovative roles for the involvement of the ESC in the new health-related policies and in clinical practice, prevention, quality assurance, research programmes and health economics in cardiovascular diseases.

The CPG deals with the following activities:

    • Identification of new roles for the ESC in research and health care, in close contact with the Committee for European Affairs of the ESC.
    • Development of new targets to be addressed by the ESC and the strategies to achieve them. 
    • Supervision and monitoring of the preparation of guidelines and recommendations by Task Forces, Study Groups or Consensus Panels to improve the practice of cardiology and to support research activities. 
    • Establishment and monitoring of inventories and registries.  Whenever appropriate, the Committee for Practice Guidelines is responsible for the initiation or motivation of such activities. The monitoring of their preparation and progress, the coordination of related activities, and the preparation and publication of their results.

How are ESC Guidelines developed?

The ESC Committee for Practice Guidelines has put together an ESC Guidelines Production Flowchart in 15 steps.

 

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