The methodology

Workshops, training courses and methodology sessions

CEBaP employees attended training courses and workshops both within and outside Belgium to expand their knowledge of the methodology of Evidence-Based Practice. Workshop topics included writing systematic reviews, scientific communication and analysing diagnostic studies. We also took part in training courses to gain more insight into qualitative studies.

Within CEBaP, we organised methodology sessions focusing on the evaluation and analysis of diagnostic studies as well as the inclusion of qualitative studies in systematic reviews. In doing so, we strive to continuously expand our knowledge and methodology.

Guaranteeing methodological quality

Methodological quality while developing guidelines is essential for guaranteeing that the guidelines encompass the best available scientific evidence. In addition to developing our own guidelines, CEBaP reviews the quality of existing guidelines using the Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation II (AGREE II) checklist. This approved checklist is a tool for assessing the methodology and transparency of guideline development. This assessment covers, for instance, the process for gathering and compiling evidence and the methods used to formulate and review recommendations.

In doing so, we assessed (1) the quality of various blood transfusion guidelines (publication in Transfusion) and (2) the guidelines of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (publication in 2016).