About Project SAGE (Brochure [pdf])
iCAHE is a partner in Project SAGE (South African Guidelines Excellence).
The South African community has identified an urgent need to ensure everyone in South Africa has access to the best quality primary health care. Project SAGE is working with communities, clinicians, policy makers, service managers and researchers to improve health care by improving the quality, relevance and use of clinical guidelines in community services. The project partners are using evidence from around the world, and local skills and knowledge, to support the development, adaptation and implementation of the very best guidelines for South Africa. Outcomes will include a “how to do it’ manual for South African guidelines development, adaptation and use – and implementation support. This work is informed by partnership work iCAHE has previously undertaken with our colleagues in the Philippines. iCAHE Director Professor Karen Grimmer is the project mentor and Chair of the Strategic Advisory Group. In 2015 she spent six months in South Africa engaged in this internationally significant work.
The iCAHE guideline clearinghouse is a useful resource for busy clinicians, policy makers and managers interested in Allied Health focused clinical guidelines. The page consists of a description of what clinical guidelines are and how you can decide if they are of good quality, a link to the iCAHE Guideline Quality Checklist and a clearinghouse of scored clinical guidelines sorted into categories. The iCAHE Guideline Quality Checklist is a validated tool for assessing the methodological quality of clinical guidelines. This tool consists of 14 questions and was developed in response to feedback from time poor clinicians, policy makers and managers about the complexity, extensive time and multiple scorers needed for the available researcher focused guideline quality checklist (see validation paper here). The iCAHE website contains many freely available resources for busy clinicians, policy makers and managers such as:
- a range of critical appraisal tools (including the iCAHE guideline checklist)
- evidence based practice and knowledge translation glossary of terms
- a guideline clearinghouse
- adolescent spinal health resources
- the Outcomes Calculator manuals (the Outcomes Calculator is available to purchase at this time)
- the online Evidence Based Practice course
- discharge planning tools
- implementation tools to assist the implementation of extended/advanced allied health roles
- functional decline research and early detection tools
- the ASPIRE for quality framework
The website also contains a list of useful website links, the allied health primer textbooks (Practical Tips in Finding the Evidence, and Practical Tips for Using and Developing Guidelines), journal club information and tools and Masterclass training opportunities.