Canadian Cardiovascular Society

Guideline Development

CCS Guideline Development Process

CCS is committed to developing statements that are high quality and transparent. In addition to the CCS specific procedures and policies, CCS has adopted the GRADE Scale for rating the strength of recommendations and the quality of evidence.

Development Resources

The following documents describe the policies and procedures for development of guidelines and clinical practice updates.

Addresses all policies and procedures related to the CCS guideline development process including topic selection, panel selection, evidence review, defining and achieving consensus, statement format, approval process, CCC presentation and CJC publication.

Outlines the policies and procedures that guide CCS and its affiliates in the development of Clinical Practice Updates (CPUs), including the processes of topic selection, co-chair selection, panel formation, format, review, approval, and submission to the CJC.

As of January 2010, the CCS has used the GRADE system of evidence assessment for all guidelines and position statements. In June 2015, CCS developed a GRADE Framework to provide an overview of the systematic review of evidence and the application of GRADE when developing recommendations.

Guidelines and Clinical Practice Updates in Development

Guidelines and Statements TitleCo-ChairsExpected Completion
(Calendar Year)
CCS Guidelines on the Fitness to DriveP. Guerra
C. Simpson
CCS Guidelines on Presentation, Diagnosis, and Medical Update of the Management of Heart Failure in ChildrenA. Jeewa
J. Conway
CCS/CAIC Focused Update of the Guidelines for the Use of Antiplatelet TherapyK. Bainey
G. Marquis-Gravel
CCS/CSCS/CSVS/CAIR CPU: The Aortic Team Model and Collaborative Decision Pathways for the Management of Complex Aortic Disease -A Multi-Society Expert ConsensusM. Keir
T. Lindsay
S. McClure
CCS Clinical Practice Update on the Contemporary Management of the Patient with Hypertrophic CardiomyopathyA. Crean
R. Tadros
CCS/Canadian Women’s Heart Health Alliance (CWHHA) Clinical Practice Update on Myocardial Infarction with No Obstructive Coronary Artery Disease (MINOCA)C. Pacheco
T. Coutinho
CCS-CHFS Heart Failure with non-reduced Ejection FractionS. Virani
S. Zieroth
CCS-CHRS Cardiac Implantable Electronic Device Therapy
J. Andrade
J. Joza
CCS-CAIC-CANCARE Optimal Care of the Post-cardiac Arrest
Patient CPU
S. Van Diepen
L. May
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