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Wiki-based clinical practice guidelines for the management of adult onset sarcoma: a new paradigm in sarcoma evidence


In 2013 Australia introduced Wiki-based Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Adult Onset Sarcoma. These guidelines utilized a customized MediaWiki software application for guideline development and are the first evidence-based guidelines for clinical management of sarcoma. This paper presents our experience with developing and implementing web-based interactive guidelines and reviews some of the challenges and lessons from adopting an evidence-based (rather than consensus-based) approach to clinical sarcoma guidelines. Digital guidelines can be easily updated with new evidence, continuously reviewed and widely disseminated. They provide an accessible method of enabling clinicians and consumers to access evidence-based clinical practice recommendations and, as evidenced by over 2000 views in the first four months after release, with 49% of those visits being from countries outside of Australia. The lessons learned have relevance to other rare cancers in addition to the international sarcoma community.

Type Journal
ISBN 1357-714X (Print) 1357-714X (Linking)
Authors Neuhaus, S. J. ; Thomas, D. ; Desai, J. ; Vuletich, C. ; von Dincklage, J. ; Olver, I.;
Responsible Garvan Author Prof David Thomas
Publisher Name Sarcoma
Published Date 2015-01-01
Published Volume 2015
Published Pages 614179
Status Published in-print
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