I recently wrote about the demise of the National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC).  At the time it was fairly bad news as, by them aggregating the guidelines from multiple guideline publishers, it saves us considerable resource.  However, every cloud has a silver lining!  The NGC was not without challenges, for instance:

  • It takes time to translate a guideline into one of their summaries – so it’s not as up to date as it could be.
  • It seems to withdraw the summaries after 5 years.  This, seemingly, arbitrary cut-off means they withdraw guidelines which the producer still has them listed on their sites.

So, what are we doing about it:

  • We have gathered our own collection of guidelines from the USA.  We have found nearly 3,000 guidelines, considerably more than the 1,342 guideline summaries have on their site (as I type this).  These are not live yet as we’ll need to transition over, but that will happen soon.
  • We have refreshed our other collections and identified around 15 guideline publishers from around the globe that we have previously not included.
  • Put this all together and it will cement our place as the leading source of guidelines.
  • As well as featuring them in the main Trip search we are currently planning a separate guideline site, watch this space.

A massive amount of hard work, but it should be worth it.

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