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Patient topic proposal

PATIENT NETWORK LARGE BUTTONAnyone in Scotland can propose a guideline topic to SIGN. We are keen to consider topics that are important to a range of stakeholders, including patients, carers and the public.

To propose a guideline topic please complete the topic proposal form (PDF).        To help you to prepare this, please read our guidance which outlines the information you should include. All individuals who have been involved in the preparation of the topic proposal form must complete a declaration of interests form. Link  We can support you to complete both the topic proposal form and the declaration of interests form (PDF).

Proposals are initially considered by the SIGN Executive senior management team.  We will work with you to further develop the proposal by carrying out scoping searches to gauge the quantity of supporting evidence and seeking additional relevant public health and epidemiological information and input from patient and carer groups. A proposal supported by a number of patient and carer organisations helps to ensure a ‘stronger voice’ and can help to demonstrate the need for a guideline.

Completed proposal forms are considered by the Guideline Programme Advisory Group (GPAG), a subgroup of SIGN Council. GPAG selects which proposals should be accepted for guideline development using the following criteria:

  • Areas of medical uncertainty as evidenced by wide variation in practice or outcome
  • Conditions where effective treatment is proven and where mortality or morbidity can be reduced
  • Interventions carrying significant risks or cost
  • Clinical priority areas for NHSScotland
  • The perceived need for a guideline, as indicated by a network of relevant stakeholders.

The prioritisation and selection undertaken by GPAG is discussed and agreed by SIGN Council.

If you have any queries, please contact Roberta James, SIGN Programme Lead. (Tel: 0131 623 4735, e-mail

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