Guideline Development Resources

The Society of Critical Care Medicine offers several resources for guideline leaders, panelists and public members to assist in the guideline development process.

SCCM Guidelines Standard Operating Procedures Manual
This Standard Operating Procedure Manual is provided to highlight steps and processes for the development, publication, and dissemination of evidence-based guidelines and clinical practice parameters developed by SCCM volunteers and support staff. The purpose of publishing guidelines is to optimize patient care. This manual delineates important aspects of processes in accordance with standards set by the SCCM Council with implementation via the American College of Critical Care Medicine Board of Regents.

Clinical Practice and Administrative Guidelines: Frequently Asked Questions for Public Members 
Medical societies use strict methods to develop and publish guidelines using scientific evidence relevant to a specific topic. The organizations then present that evidence in the form of guidelines to include recommendations for clinicians and administrators who provide healthcare. The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) gathers experts, such as nurses, physicians, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, physician assistants, dieticians, clergy, and others who care for critically ill and injured patients and their families to serve on guideline development panels. SCCM guidelines are typically published in one of the well-known and highly respected journals Critical Care Medicine or Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. Occasionally SCCM will partner with organizations to develop and publish guidelines in other journals as well. Recently SCCM began inviting patients and their families to serve as public members on guideline development panels. These FAQs have been developed for these public members.

Applying the GRADE Approach to Evidence
Review the Grades of Recommendation Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) method and recommendation writing with the Applying the GRADE Approach to Evidence online course from the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Students will learn how to apply the GRADE approach to write a recommendation using high-quality evidence as defined by the methodology, apply the GRADE approach to write a recommendation using low-quality evidence as defined by the methodology, list situations where a recommendation need not be issued

McMaster University GRADE Online Learning Modules

These online learning modules from McMaster University are designed to help guideline developers and authors of systematic reviews learn how to use the GRADE approach to grade the evidence in systematic reviews, to create "Summary of Findings Tables" and "GRADE Evidence Profiles," and move from evidence to making recommendations.

​​​Submit suggested topics for potential future guideline development. Submitted proposals will be reviewed by the American College of Critical Care Medicine.