HRS Clinical Document Development Methodology Manual and Policies: Executive summary.
The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) has been developing clinical practice documents in collaboration and partnership with other professional medical societies since 1996. The HRS formed a Scientific and Clinical Documents Committee (SCDC) with the sole purpose of managing the development of these documents from conception through publication. The SCDC oversees the process for developing clinical practice documents, with input and approval from the HRS Executive Committee and the Board of Trustees. As of May 2017, the HRS has produced more than 80 publications with other professional organizations. This process manual is produced to publicly and transparently declare the standards by which the HRS develops clinical practice documents, which include clinical practice guidelines, expert consensus statements, scientific statements, clinical competency statements, task force policy statements, and proceedings statements. The foundation for this process is informed by the Institute of Medicine's standards for developing trustworthy clinical practice guidelines; the new criteria from the National Guidelines Clearinghouse, effective June 2014; SCDC member discussions; and a review of guideline policies and methodologies used by other professional organizations.
Indik JH, Patton KK, Beardsall M, Chen-Scarabelli CA, Cohen MI, Dickfeld TL, Haines DE, Helm RH, Krishnan K, Nielsen JC, Rickard J, Sapp JL Jr, Chung M. HRS Clinical Document Development Methodology Manual and Policies: Executive summary. Heart Rhythm. 2017 Oct;14(10):e495-e500. doi: 10.1016/j.hrthm.2017.06.039. PubMed PMID: 28965612.