Welcome to ccsguidelineprograms.ca, the CCS’ dedicated website for information and resources to support practitioners in putting CCS guideline recommendations into practice. This site is updated as new and varied resources are developed to support guideline dissemination and uptake. Read below to learn more about CCS guideline development and supporting knowledge translation initiatives.
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CCS Guideline Development
CCS Guidelines represent current recommendations for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and ongoing management of cardiovascular disease. CCS Guidelines are evidence based documents developed thorough consideration of medical literature and the best available evidence and clinical experience. They represent the consensus of a Canadian panel comprised of multidisciplinary topic experts with a mandate to formulate disease-specific recommendations and serve as a balanced and trustworthy reference for Canadian health care professionals. Each CCS guideline is developed independent of third party interests, which is considered essential to maintaining content objectivity and balance. CCS Guideline recommendations are developed for Canadian healthcare professionals involved in research, teaching and, especially, day-to-day delivery of patient care. The CCS Guidelines recommendations are also available to patients and families through this site and through www.ccs.ca if they wish to acquaint themselves with evidence-based recommendations for patient care.
It is the CCS policy that no external funding is accepted for guideline development. Guideline development is funded from the CCS operating budget. All guideline panel members are volunteers; no honoraria are paid. The CCS pays incidental expenses such as travel and meals related to guideline development work.
Knowledge Translation Programs
In 2005, with support and participation from national, provincial and regional governments, professional societies, health organizations, patients and industry, the CCS implemented our innovative “closed loop” model to support knowledge translation (KT) in cardiovascular care. Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, Canadian Institutes for Health Research, College of Family Physicians of Canada, Canadian Nurses Association, Canadian Pharmacists Association, Public Health Agency Canada, Canadian Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Team, and many others were among the participating organizations. The model accommodates end-user and stakeholder input and evaluation on an ongoing basis, allowing CCS to continually improve and expand the breadth and utility of guidelines. Our aim is to have a process that supports the development of key resources and tools for those dedicated to closing the gap between “what we know” and “what we do”.
Using our closed loop model as the framework, CCS addresses the challenge of putting clinical guidelines into practice through development of multi-modal KT programs. Our programs involve a variety of activities and decision tools including workshops, webinars, educational slide decks and fact sheets, online and print pocket cards as well as smartphone apps. Our programs follow a continuous improvement model that facilitates interactive contact between Canadian practitioners and Canada’s key opinion leaders. Evaluation is a critical program component as summative evaluation data is used for quality improvement and drives the content for subsequent KT program activities and guideline updates
The CCS accepts third party funding for guideline dissemination, seeking multi-sponsorship whenever possible. Third parties have no involvement in content development for any CCS guideline resources or materials. Sponsors are identified on the tools and resources pages of this website. Our KT programs for Heart Failure and Atrial Fibrillation include all of the following components while other programs (currently Dyslipidemia and Antiplatelet Therapy) have selected components as needed and as funding allows:
- Workshops: Our expert faculty engage face to face with thousands of Canadian practitioners annually, guiding them through interactive, case-based guideline workshops and facilitating discussion about all aspects of the management, treatment and care of patients.
- Printed Pocket Guides: We distribute thousands of printed pocket guides annually at our workshops and directly to end users though our resource order form.
- Webinars: KT program webinars are developed by our faculty to provide greater insight on specific topics and engage practitioners in discussion on focused topics within a guideline. Topics are based on end user needs as identified though workshop and webinar feedback.
- Electronic pocket guides, educational slide decks, algorithm cards and fact sheets: These tools are developed as needed to disseminate guideline recommendations in condensed, easy to follow formats.
- Smartphone apps: CCS is a leader in the development guideline apps that present our guideline and recommendations in interactive, user friendly formats for smartphones and tablets. Our apps have been downloaded by well over 10,000 users!