Yesterday I blogged about the difference between experts and expertise on guideline panels. I've been focusing on clinical panelists who may think they've been invited to participate just because they are experts in a clinical field.
IT'S NOT THAT YOU ARE AN EXPERT.
IT'S THAT YOU HAVE EXPERTISE.
You have expertise to contribute to the discovery, evaluation and integration of relevant evidence to address important clinical questions.
LET ME REPEAT - You are not being invited because of your opinions about the best care options for disease x.
You are invited because during your experience in providing care for patients with disease x you have pondered questions about how to better diagnose people with the disease early enough to intervene in the disease progression. Or you've experimented in many n of 1 trials with different treatment regimens to eliminate symptoms or slow disease progression.
Do you see where I'm going here? Your expertise in thinking about the best ways to care for people with this disease are what is sought after. Your openness to considering new ways of preventing, diagnosing, and treating disease x and your ability to help construct questions that clinicians seek to answer is what guideline developers seek.
Would you like to carefully and critically examine the science of what we currently know about disease x? Would you like to discover the research gaps? Are you innately curious?
If so, you are perfect for a guideline panel.
Guideline developers are not seeking clinicians with answers They seek clinicians with sufficient experience to have lots of questions.
Bring your questions. Help guide the development of guidelines that will make a difference in patient care.
TheEvidenceDoc June 16, 2017