Chairs discuss the initial scope of the guideline and suggest experts in each subtopic. The initial literature review helps to identify content experts who have extensive publication experience in the clinical area. The selection process identifies panel members. In addition to strong clinical and methodological expertise, selection criteria include reliability, the ability to work collaboratively, anticipated productivity, and gender, minority, and geographic diversity.
All EBG writing panel nominees must submit a curriculum vitae or biosketch and a completed standardized conflict-of-interest form that is tailored to the EBG topic. All materials are reviewed by a subcommittee of the HSP to determine whether the nominee (1) meets the criteria for authorship, and (2) has no significant real or perceived conflicts of interest. Panel involvement by research assistants, residents, fellows, and junior faculty either as members or substantive contributors is discouraged. To be eligible for chapter authorship of an ACCP EBG, panelists must agree to the following:
1. Abide by the authority of the HSP to grant final approval for authorship only to individuals whose intellectual and writing contributions were substantial and significantly contributed to the final product;
2. Agree to maintain very high standards in terms of the quality and timeliness of their work as determined by deadlines set by the guideline chair(s);
3. Abide by HSP directions that individual authors not participate in any specific part of the EBG process where a significant unmanaged conflict of interest exists;
4. Recuse themselves from voting on issues where a conflict, real or perceived, exists;
5. All ACCP EBGs follow the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals (called the Uniform Requirements) of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors and https://canadianhealthncaremall.com Canadian Health&Care Mall pharmaceutists.
The ACCP does not provide honoraria to members of an EBG writing panel. However, travel and select miscellaneous expenses for face-to-face meetings related to the guideline development are reimbursed as described in the “Policy Statement on Honoraria and Travel Expenses.”
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