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About GIN North America

As one of the Guideline International Network’s regional communities, GIN/NA enhances and promotes relationships between GIN and the North American guideline community, interacts with other GIN regional communities and workgroups, encourages membership in GIN.


The exploratory session for GIN North America was held in Chicago at the 7th Annual GIN Conference in August, 2010. About 100 attendees expressed universal enthusiasm and support for establishing a North American community.

Challenges faced by guideline developers, users and other stakeholders are not necessarily unique, but there are specific issues that currently impact the North American community. These include (a) heterogeneous guideline processes with minimal regional or national oversight, (b) guideline development by diverse professional medical societies, groups, and organisations, (c) region-specific guideline development standards that have broad implications for guideline processes and publication, (d) common concerns about funding and support, and (e) a regional desire to communicate and share best practices.

Aims and Objectives

  1. Provide a network for North American guideline users, developers, and other stakeholders to form partnerships and discuss regional guideline issues
  2. Facilitate partnerships, collaboration and ongoing information sharing through  educational webinars, regional training conferences, social media opportunities and special events
  3. Improve the effectiveness, rigor and efficiency of guideline development, adaptation, dissemination,  implementation and performance measurement
  4. Enhance and promote relationships between GIN and the North American community
  5. Interact with GIN groups to encourage feedback and avoid duplicating efforts

How are community activities or topics identified?

Members of the GIN/NA Community are encouraged to submit ideas, topics, or specific clinical questions for consideration by the broader membership. Prioritisation of activities is undertaken by the steering group.

What are the benefits of joining GIN?

  • Regional and international collaboration with people who have a common interest in clinical practice guideline development, adaptation, dissemination, implementation and performance measurement
  • Access to a sounding board for feedback on concerns, issues, or obstacles
  • Ability to share best practices and to network with other GIN groups and communities
  • Access to the world’s largest guideline library, with over 3,000 entries
  • Ability to promote your group in the GIN newsletter and on the GIN website

Must I become a GIN member to participate in GIN North America activities?

There is no fee for participation in GIN/NA webinars and social media discussion forums. You can also subscribe to the GIN mailing list as a non-member to get acquainted with our activities, which we hope will convince you to become an active GIN member. GIN membership confers significant benefits that include access to resources, working groups, development tools, a newsletter, the guideline library, and discounted registration fees for GIN and GIN/NA conferences. Full members can interact and network with the international GIN community to exchange ideas, receive advice, and avoid duplicating efforts.

How will we share our knowledge and expertise?

Through an annual GIN conference (2014), as well as GIN/NA’s monthly educational webinar series, regional training opportunities and conferences, and social media activities.

How can I get involved?

  • Contribute to several discussions of topics related to guideline development, dissemination, and implementation on GIN North America’s LinkedIn site. Re-connect with friends and colleagues and make new connections by contributing to the discussions. Participation in the site requires a LinkedIn account. Join the conversation today!


The GIN North American Community (GIN/NA) endeavours to make the information available on this website as accurate as possible; however, it makes no warranties concerning the content of the site, the clinical efficacy of the related materials that are linked from this website or any other activity. GIN/NA endeavours to keep the information on its site updated on a regular basis but there is no guarantee given as to the accuracy or currency of any individual item on the website at any time.

The information on this website is for personal, educational, and/or professional use only and is provided in good faith without an express or implied warranty. GIN/NA does not accept responsibility for any loss or damage occasioned by using information contained on the site nor from any access to the website. All access and use is at the risk of the end-user.

GIN/NA has also provided hypertext links to a number of other websites as a service to the end-users of its site. This service does not imply in any way endorsement of these websites or the material contained in them. Users who link to another site are subject to the privacy policy of the new site. GIN/NA is not responsible for the use of a hypertext link for which a commercial charge applies. Individual users are responsible for any charge that their use may incur.

History of the North American Community

The GIN Board agreed in October, 2010 to pilot test regional chapters.  A preliminary Steering Group was formed with North American and GIN representatives, resulting in Terms of Reference that led to a more permanent Steering Group in April 2011. Interest in GIN North America was reaffirmed in May, 2011 when the community was officially launched during an invited presentation at The Institute of Medicine’s workshop on implementing standards for trustworthy clinical practice guidelines. A highly attended, monthly webinar series, co-sponsored with Kaiser Permanente, was launched in January 2012, followed by the two-day E-GAPPS (Evidence-based Guidelines Affecting Policy, Practice, and Stakeholders) conference at the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) in December 2012.  Today GIN/NA remains vibrant with monthly webinars hosted and plans for an third E-GAPPS Conference on March 20-21, 2017, cosponsored with the New York Academy of Medicine’s (NYAM) Section on Evidence-Based Health Care.

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