About EAN Guidelines for Neurologists

An important aim of the EAN is to establish European standards of diagnosis, treatment and care within the various subfields of neurology. Europe with its very heterogeneous neurology needs to establish not only guidelines for the diagnosis and the treatment of neurological disorders, but also for the organisation of certain aspects of neurology.The guidelines of the EAN are produced by so-called task forces. A task force is a group of people with a chairperson and a written mandate, which usually runs for one to two years. The task forces are normally appointed by the Scientific Committee taking into consideration qualifications as well as geographical spread. A Task Force normally consists of a chairperson and at least six but not usually more than 12 members in order to facilitate the working process and the writing of the final guideline paper. Presently a number of task forces are at work, and soon virtually every issue of the European Journal of Neurology will contain an EAN guideline paper.
 

Building a better path for EAN Guidelines

The EAN Guideline Production Group (GPG) embarks on a new strategy for guideline development, which aims to:

  • Promote the development of high-quality, high-impact guidelines for the most important neurological diseases;
  • Increase in-house intellectual capital and building capabilities on supporting guideline development; and
  • Increase guideline production efficiency

In line with this, EAN will from now on employ also a top-down process (i.e., the GPG determines the topics, which guidelines shall be written on ) when selecting guideline projects to support, to ensure that resources and attention are devoted to those areas in which clinical practice guidelines will provide the greatest benefit to patients, clinicians, and policy makers.

A set of criteria to be applied for prioritizing topics for future EAN guidelines was therefore defined, as well as the procedure for their implementation. For this purpose, the EAN GPG invited relevant stakeholders including professionals who have experience and expertise in the development, assessment and implementation of CPGs together with health policy makers, patient representatives and national organisations to take part in a Delphi consensus project.

 

EAN Guideline Prioritization Process

Call for Topics (Ongoing)

 

Every year, EAN shall open a Call for Topic Proposals to invite EAN Scientific Panel Members, EAN Individual Members, National Societies, Partner Societies, and EFNA to submit guideline topics of interest. The EAN Guideline Production Group, Scientific Committee, and Board then review and select topics that are the most clinically relevant based on the EAN prioritization criteria.

 

CALL FOR TOPICS ARE NOW OPEN UNTIL DEADLINE. MORE INFORMATION HERE

Following the priority criteria developed through a rigorous process, the EAN Guideline Production Group, Scientific Committee, and Board then review and select topics that are the most clinically relevant.

 

The 7 Criteria for ranking the priority of EAN guidelines:

  • The health burden of the condition in the proposed topic
  • Potential for changing an existing practice
  • Impact on health outcomes (estimated positive impact of the guideline on morbidity, disability scores, mortality)
  • Absence of a guideline
  • Pre-existing guidelines of low quality or outdated guidelines (The guideline is more than 5 years old/was not revised within the last 5 years or there is recent evidence that could change current clinical practice).
  • Practice variation (non-harmonized best-practices among the European countries)
  • Uncertainty or controversy about best practice (due to new evidence or lack of evidence)

 

READ MORE ABOUT THE PRIORITIZATION PROCESS HERE

 

Once EAN’s priority topics are selected, a Call for Conducting Guidelines on Priority Topics will be opened to invite members of the EAN community to submit a proposal and undertake the development of full clinical practice guidelines.

These proposals will then be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Stakeholder Involvement (proposed guideline task force‘s curriculum on the topic, previous experience in guideline development, presence of methodologists and patient representatives, gender/country/specialty balance)
  2. Clarity of Presentation of the proposal
  3. Expected applicability
  4. Editorial Independence (CoI declarations)
  5. Estimated budget

 

More information will be provided once the Call for Conducting Guidelines on Priority Topics is open.

December 2021 – January 2022Call for Topics
January 2022 – February 2022Evaluation Period by GPG, SC, and Board (Priority Ranking)
February 2022 – March 2022Call for Conducting Guidelines on Priority Topics
March 2022 – April 2022Evaluation Period by GPG and SC
May 2022Announcement of selected Guideline Projects
June 2022 (EAN Congress 2022)Guideline Workshop
June 2022Guideline Project Kick-off

Once the Guideline Proposal has been officially accepted, the guideline will go through a rigorous production process.

STEPSDESCRIPTION
PROPOSAL ACCEPTANCEAn individual/group may submit a proposal via:
(1) top-down process; i.e. joining the Call for Conducting Guidelines for Priority Topics, in which the EAN determines the topic for the guideline.
(2) bottom-up process; i.e. submitting a Guideline Proposal directly to the GPG.

Please keep in mind that guidelines from the top-down process are of EAN’s priority. Proposals submitted through the bottom-up process will be considered but may not be treated as a priority.   
PROTOCOL SUBMISSION

The Guideline Task Force defines in detail the stakeholder involvement, scope and purpose, literature search, PICOs, etc. by completing the EAN Guideline Protocol template.

 

 

PROTOCOL REVIEW & APPROVALThe Guideline Production Group and Scientific Committee review the Guideline Protocol submitted and provide feedback. Once the Guideline Task Force successfully amends all suggestions by the reviewers, the protocol is then considered approved.
GUIDELINE MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONThe Guideline Task Force drafts the guideline with the guidance of the Guideline Production Group.
GUIDELINE MANUSCRIPT APPROVALThe Guideline Production Group and Scientific Committee review the Guideline Manuscript submitted and provide feedback. Once the Guideline Task Force successfully revises the draft according to the comments, the manuscript is considered approved.
SUBMISSION TO EJoNThe guideline is submitted to EAN’s official journal, European Journal of Neurology (EJoN)
OPEN FOR PUBLIC COMMENTSSimultaneously, the guideline is uploaded online for 15 days, accessible to EAN individual members for comments. The Guideline Task Force decides whether to incorporate comments received.
EJoN PEER REVIEWThe guideline is reviewed by the EJoN
OFFICIAL ACCEPTANCEThe guideline is accepted as official EAN Guideline.
PROMOTIONOnce the guideline is officially accepted by the journal and is in preparation for publication, the EAN Head Office prepares infographics & EANPAges article in collaboration with the corresponding author, and other, like  social media posts for the guideline.
PUBLICATIONThe EAN Guideline is published in EJoNThe EAN Guideline is put into Guideline Reference Center

 

Questions or Concerns?

Please contact EAN Scientific Department at scientific(at)ean.org

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