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G-I-N 2012

Some highlights in anticipation of G-I-N 2012.

G-I-N 2012: "Global Evidence - International Diversity"

G-I-N celebrating 10 years.JPGCome and celebrate with us 10 years of G-I-N in Berlin this August.


Update on programme

International experts in fields relevant to guidelines will be presenting in five plenary sessions.

  1. 10 years of G-I-N: Lessons learned and future vision.
  2. One guideline methodology for all?
  3. Do guidelines make a difference?
  4. Patient involvement in guideline development
  5. Knowledge Translation 2020

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To learn more about the sessions and plenary speakers visit the conference website:

Over the past months the Scientific Committee has also been busy reviewing the record number of abstracts submitted (over 400 from 44 countries) and selected those that will be presented during the conference. We are expecting: 11 workshops, 8 panel sessions, 85 short oral presentations and 229 posters.


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Pre-conference programme (22 August 2012)

To celebrate 10 years of G-I-N we have also prepared a full pre-conference programme where participants can choose from 4 day courses and a German language symposium.

Guideline Implementation

Join us for a one day practical introduction to the art and science of implementing evidence-based practice and guidelines with experts who have both developed and implemented guidelines. The course is supported by the Guidelines International Network (G-I-N) and the Network's Implementation Working Group.

Objectives of the course:

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  • explore and understand the process for implementation through:
  • identifying barriers and enablers,
  • selecting appropriate interventions, and
  • selecting measures to demonstrate practice change
  • start developing a plan for implementation
  • network and share practical experience with experts in the implementation of guidelines.

Over the course of the day we will draw on real examples from different care settings.  Participants will be encouraged to work on and develop a practical implementation plan for their own evidence-based projects which will meet the needs of policy makers, health practitioners, patients and consumers.


  • Sue Huckson
  • Catherine Marshall.

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Clinical Guideline Development

This course is prepared and delivered by the National Collaborating Centre for Women’s and Children’s Health (NCC-WCH, UK).

Goals of the course:

To learn to:

  • Scope a clinical guideline and work with a multidisciplinary team
  • Interpret a systematic review in light of clinical expertise and health economics
  • Write implementable recommendations


  • Roz Ullman, Clinical lead/director (UK)
  • Hugh McGuire, Senior research fellow (UK)

For more information:

Heath Economics in Guidelines

This course is prepared and delivered by NICE.

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  • To improve decision-making in clinical guidelines by promoting appropriate use of the principles and methods of economic evaluation.
  • To improve the quality of economic analysis in guidelines by enabling non-economists to better understand, inform and critique them.
  • To achieve a more integrated approach to the analysis of clinical and economic evidence.


Prashanth Kandaswamy, Health economist (NICE, UK)

For more information:


Goals of the course

Learn to:

  • Formulate a focused clinical question
  • Move from evidence in single studies to a body of evidence by outcome
  • Understand the concepts of the GRADE approach to grading quality of evidence and deciding on the strength of recommendations.


Holger Schünemann (Department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics McMaster University, Canada)

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German Language Symposium

The symposium will offer organisations and experts from German-speaking countries a forum to discuss organisational, methodological and content-related aspects of clinical practice guidelines and quality improvement taking into account their individual tasks and experiences. To this aim, workshops divided into three topic streams will be offered.

  • Guideline Programmes in German-speaking Countries: Individual Concepts and Possibilities for transnational Cooperation
  • Guidelines and quality improvement: State of the Art and Perspectives - Individual Concepts and Cooperation: Methodological Perspectives
  • Guidelines and quality improvement: State of the Art and Perspectives - Individual Concepts and Multiprofessional Cooperation: Clinical Perspectives

In addition, country specific parallel-sessions will address the role of guidelines in the context of quality improvement. The Austrian session will address the status quo and perspectives of evidence-based reasoning. The Swiss workshop will address evidence-based medicine and guidelines. Guidelines in the German healthcare system will be discussed with policy-makers in a podium discussion titled: “Leitlinien: Hoffnungsträger für das Deutsche Gesundheitssystem?“.

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Post-conference workshop for interested parties

Weighing and Including Different Types of Knowledge (WINDTOK) in guideline development.

25 August 2012 at 13.30 - 16.00

Facilitators: Teun Zuiderent-Jerak and Frode Forland

The rise of Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) has been of crucial importance for the development of Clinical Practice Guidelines. But despite the nuanced ideas within EBM about the importance for using different types of knowledge for different clinical questions, methodology development for guidelines has increasingly focused on appraising and including RCTs and systematic reviews of them. There are few methods in the present guideline development community that focus on assessing and including different types of knowledge. This imbalance poses problems for the usability of guidelines and marginalizes evidence that may in fact be ‘best’ for a particular issue.

In this workshop we address the question about what methods are available or lacking for weighing and including different types of knowledge, what are the experiences with these methods and how are they able to produce alternative evidence hierarchies? In this workshop we will invite people to share experiences and to discuss in some depth the challenges and developments that are needed to qualify and integrate other types of knowledge in guidelines production.


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Notifications of abstracts acceptance: 1 April 2012

Early registration ends: 30 April 2012

Conference: 22-25 August 2012


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Sponsorship opportunities

Are you interested in promoting your organization to the international guideline world?

While the scientific committee is working on the development of a stimulating program we would like to provide you with the opportunity to become sponsor and/or exhibitor at the conference.

With the success of the conference heavily reliant on financial support, we are asking you: Are you willing to sponsor the next G-I-N conference?

A full list of sponsorship opportunities is available on the conference website at

If you / your organization are not in a position to sponsor next year’s event, perhaps you have contacts who may. In such case, please forward any names or associations that you think may be interested in sponsoring the conference to who is managing the sponsorship for G-I-N 2012.


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We also encourage you to speak about the conference with colleagues and provide you with communication tools via our dedicated web page:

We are looking forward to seeing you all in Berlin at the end of August 2012.

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External events

Access our updated list of relevant external events.

Page last updated: Apr 11, 2012
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