Developing quality criteria for patient-directed knowledge tools related to clinical practice guidelines. A development and consensus study

Trudy van der Weijden*, Dunja Dreesens, Marjan J. Faber, Nanne Bos, Ton Drenthen, Ingrid Maas, Sonja Kersten, Uriell Malanda, Sander van der Scheur, Heleen Post, Anouk Knops

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Background Patient-directed knowledge tools such as patient versions of guidelines and patient decision aids are increasingly developed to facilitate shared decision making. In this paper, we report how consensus was reached within the Netherlands on quality criteria for development, content and governance of these tools. Method A 12-month development and consensus study. The consortium worked on four work packages: (a) reviewing existing criteria; (b) drafting the quality criteria; (c) safe-guarding the acceptability and feasibility of the draft criteria by participatory research in on-going tool development projects; and (d) gaining formal support from national stakeholders on the quality criteria. Results We reached consensus on a 8-step guidance; describing minimal quality criteria for (a) the team composition; (b) setting the scope; (c) identifying needs; (d) the content and format; (e) testing the draft; (f) finalizing and approval; (g) dissemination and application, and (h) ownership and revision. The participants of the on-going tool development projects were positive about the quality criteria in general, but divided as to the degree of detail. Whereas some expressed a clear desire for procedural standards, others felt that it would be sufficient to provide only general directions. Despite the different views as to the degree of detail, consensus was reached in three stakeholder meetings. Discussion We successfully collaborated with all stakeholders and achieved formal support from national stakeholders on a set of minimum criteria for the development process, content and governance of patient-directed knowledge tools.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-208
Number of pages8
JournalHealth Expectations
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019


  • clinical practice guidelines
  • patient decision aids
  • patient information
  • patient involvement
  • patient participation
  • patient versions of guidelines
  • quality standards
  • shared decision making
  • AIDS

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