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Public Comment Period for IDSA/AAN/ACR Lyme Disease Guideline Project Plan
Comment Period Closes April 9
The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) are jointly developing a systematic review and guideline on treatment of Lyme disease.
The author composition is made up of representatives from IDSA, AAN, and ACR with representation from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American Academy of Pediatrics – Committee on Infectious Diseases (AAP-COID), American Academy of Pediatrics – Section on Emergency Medicine (AAP-EM), American College of Physicians (ACP), Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases – Canada (AMMI-CA), Child Neurology Society (CNS), Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS), Entomological Society of America (ESA), and European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID). We also have members representing the disciplines of cardiology, microbiology and pathology, a consumer representative and a methodologist with expertise in GRADE.
The societies are utilizing the IDSA guideline development process, which includes a conflict of interest review of the guideline’s authors. In addition, the societies will make every effort to develop the guideline in accordance with the Standards for Developing Trustworthy Clinical Practice Guidelines developed by the Institute of Medicine (IOM). As part of the final document, the societies will complete a self-assessment checklist reviewing adherence to the IOM Standards.
At this time, IDSA, AAN and ACR request your input on a project plan that lays the ground work for new Lyme Disease Guidelines.
The 30-day open Public Comment period on the Lyme Disease Guideline Project Plan is from March 9 to April 9. It will be available on the IDSA Website between these two dates. During the Public Comment period, anyone may comment on any aspect of the Plan, including the methodology and development process utilized as well as adherence to the IOM standards. All comments must be submitted through this link. Please note that you will need to submit your comments in one sitting. Therefore, you may wish to review the Plan and place your comments in a Word document and when you're ready, copy and paste them into the comment field in the survey.
The full Project Plan and link to the data collection mechanism can be found below.
Note: When submitting comments, do not include medical information about yourself or another person.
After the Public Comment Period is closed, what happens next?
The guideline development panel will consider all comments received through the online data collection mechanism, within the dates of the Public Comment period.
A summary response from the Panel to the comments received will be posted on the IDSA website following the close of the Comment Period.
After a draft of the full guideline is developed, it will also be posted on the IDSA website for a 30-day public comment period. Additional information on the timing and availability of this draft will be posted to the IDSA website later this year.
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