Practice Guideline Coalition

Jen A. Gregg (
Tue, 13 Jan 1998 17:28:02 -0800 (PST)


Input Requested for Clinical Guidelines Effort
The following message asks for your input to an important project. The
Practice Guideline Coalition is a multi-disciplinary, multi-organizational
partnership that is dedicated to better behavioral health care through the
dissemination of clinical practice guidelines that are brief, based on a
broad consensus about the best available evidence, readily understandable
by practitioners, focused on core clinical processes and measurable
outcomes, nationally disseminated, multi-disciplinary, and available in
the public domain. Practice guidelines are coming, whether we are
comfortable with that idea or not; the PGC effort is designed to bring
everyone to the table to try to develop a consensus about the core
material they should contain. Representatives from about 45 professional
and scientific associations, behavioral health care provider groups,
consumer groups, managed care associations, and government agencies have
participated so far in the coalition building process (a partial list is
given below). By the summer of 1998 PGC will develop two demonstration
guidelines in the areas of panic disorder and the management of chronic
pain. If the projects are successful, the PGC will be organized as a
formal membership organization, and a more extensive program of guideline
development will commence. All groups with missions relevant to behavioral
health care are welcome to participate.
The purpose of this message is to ask for your help in identifying
groups that should be involved and to ask that they provide input to the
demonstration projects (e.g., supply articles or clinical evidence,
recommend panel members) and participate in the coalition building
process. The PGC website is located at and details
about the history of the coalition, and the kinds of evidence that are
being requested can be found there. If you can forward this message to
relevant officers or staff of significant groups, they can then access the
website. If you would prefer to have the PGC staff contact a group that
you think might be interested, send a short email note about who should be
contacted to Jennifer Gregg at or mail a note to the
Practice Guidelines Coalition, Department of Psychology/296, University of
Nevada, Reno, NV 89557. Time is of the essence, since input on the two
panels is due shortly after the holidays and evidentiary input is due by
the end of February.

The following are the groups that have been involved up to this point in
formal meetings regarding the coalition. Please note that no one has been
asked yet to endorse the process and no one will be asked until concrete
products are produced; thus these group should be viewed as interested and
involved parties, not necessarily supporters. The list of additional
groups that have been suggested by others and have been sent materials or
have indicated interest can be found at the website.

Academy of Psychological Clinical Science
Agency for Health Care Policy Research
American College of Mental Health Administration
American Academy for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology
American Managed Behavioral Health Association
American Psychiatric Association
American Psychological Association
American Psychological Society
American Society of Addiction Medicine
Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy
Association for Ambulatory Behavioral Health
Association for Behavior Analysis
Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nurses
Center for Mental Health Services
Consortium for Clinical Excellence
Council of Behavioral Group Practices
Department of Defense
National Council on Quality Assurance
Division 12 (Clinical) of the American Psychological Association
Division 17 (Counseling) of the American Psychological Association
Division 33 (MRDD) of the American Psychological Association
Expert Consensus Consortium
Gerontological Society of America
Institute for Behavioral Health Care
International Society of Psychiatric Consulting Liaison Nurses
Mental Health Programs
National Association of Psychiatric Health Care Systems
National Association of Social Workers
National Council of Community Behavioral Health Care
National Institute on Drug Abuse
OBSSR Committee on Use of Behavioral Procedures
Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, National Institutes of
Park Nicollet Guideline Project
Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology
Society for Behavioral Medicine
Society for Education and Research in Psychiatric Nursing
Society for Social Work and Research
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
The Health Maintenance Organization Group
Veteran's Administration