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Discussion summary: Standards and guidelines

Jes Olesen

in Headache care, research and education worldwide

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199584680
Published online November 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191753435 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199584680.003.017

Series: Frontiers in Headache Research Series

Discussion summary: Standards and guidelines

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This chapter provides a brief summary of the section as a whole. This discussion first focussed on the necessity of regularly updated guidelines. Next an extended discussion dealt with the possibility of internationalizing guidelines. There was major agreement about how literature should be evaluated and ranked in association with guideline work. A major portion of the following discussion focused on randomized clinical trials. The last part of the discussion was prompted by Michael Welch. He provocatively mentioned that evidence-based guidelines cannot be made for headache because there is not a single randomized double-blind clinical trial living up to former requirements of a safety monitoring committee and a predetermined publication committee. An intense debate followed.

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Subjects: Neurology

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