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Transparent Development of the WHO Rapid Advice Guidelines

  • Holger J Schünemann mail,

    To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: Schuneh@mcmaster.ca

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  • Suzanne R Hill,
  • Meetali Kakad,
  • Gunn E Vist,
  • Richard Bellamy,
  • Lauren Stockman,
  • Torbjørn Fosen Wisløff,
  • Chris Del Mar,
  • Frederick Hayden,
  • Timothy M Uyeki,
  • Jeremy Farrar,
  • Yazdan Yazdanpanah,
  • Howard Zucker,
  • John Beigel,
  • Tawee Chotpitayasunondh,
  • Tran Tinh Hien,
  • Bülent Özbay,
  • Norio Sugaya,
  • Andrew D Oxman
  • Published: May 29, 2007
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0040119

About the Authors

Corresponding Author

Email: Schuneh@mcmaster.ca

Competing Interests

Panel members made the following declarations regarding possible conflicts of interest according to WHO rules for the period 2002–2006. HJS received no personal funding, but has received research grants and honoraria deposited into research accounts or given to a research group that he belongs to from Pfizer, Amgen, Roche, and AstraZeneca for development or consulting regarding quality-of-life instruments for chronic respiratory diseases. CDM has received funding for trials in unrelated therapeutic areas, but not in the last four years. FH has received research grants for trials of antivirals and vaccines from Roche, Abbott, BioCrest, and Merck. YY has received no personal funding, but is an investigator on trials with Tibotec Pharmaceutical and has received travel grants from GlaxoSmithKline, Roche, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Pfizer, Abbott, and Gilead to attend scientific meetings. JB has received no personal funding, but is an investigator (through the National Institutes of Health) on trials with Roche and BioCrest. NS has received travel grants from Roche to attend meetings on avian influenza. The remaining members of the panel had no relevant conflicts of interest to declare.

Author Contributions

All authors declare that they participated in the development of the methods for rapid advice guidelines and that they have seen and approved the final version of this manuscript. HJS chaired the guideline panel as a voting member, drafted recommendations, contributed to the design and development of the process for this guideline, reviewed the evidence summaries, provided additional evidence, and wrote the first draft of this manuscript. HJS is the guarantor for this article. SRH led the guideline development process, contributed to the design and development of the process for this guideline, reviewed the evidence summaries, provided additional evidence, participated in the guideline panel meeting, critically reviewed early drafts of the manuscript, and approved the final draft of the manuscript. MK prepared and reviewed the evidence summaries, provided additional evidence, participated in the guideline panel meeting, compiled literature, tracked versions of the full guidelines, and critically reviewed and approved the final draft of the manuscript. GEV, LS, and TFW prepared the evidence summaries and critically reviewed and approved the manuscript. RB prepared and reviewed the evidence summaries, provided additional evidence, participated as voting member in the guideline panel meeting, and critically reviewed and approved the final draft of the manuscript. CDM, FH, TMU, JF, YY, JB, TC, TTH, BÖ, and NS reviewed the evidence summaries, provided additional evidence, participated as voting members in the guideline panel meeting, and critically reviewed and approved the final draft of the manuscript. HZ participated in the guideline panel meeting and critically reviewed and approved the final draft of the manuscript. ADO contributed to the design and development of the process of this guideline development, organized and led the evidence review and evidence summary preparation, and critically reviewed and approved the final draft of the manuscript.