Development of supporting materials
Overviews, figures and tables
An overview for each of the main sections is drafted to provide context for the section’s key advice. In addition, the key recommendations are summarised as practical figures: flow-charts for diagnosis, stepped ziggurats for management and treatment algorithms for acute asthma. These figures are developed by the working groups and also undergo close review by the Guidelines Committee before finalisation.
Where necessary, explanatory or supporting tables are drafted with the working group. Tables are also used to summarise key points and to highlight recommended actions for relevant clinical situations.
More information topics
Supporting commentary for the recommendations is drafted based on the key references. Each working group reviews the commentary several times during development. For topics that appear in more than one section, the most relevant working group takes primary responsibility for the drafts.
During review stages, each working group member provides comments on the drafts. The secretariat collates the comments. Where working group members’ suggested amendments are inconsistent, the working group reaches consensus by teleconference or polls conducted by email. Remaining issues are directed to the Guidelines Committee for a final decision.