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Clinical Guidelines Conferences

1st Conference on Clinical Guidelines

Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Nov 10


The Working Group Professional Issues of the European Region of WCPT organised an invitational conference on clinical guidelines on 10 November 2006 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The conference was held during the annual congress of the Royal Dutch Society for Physical Therapy, which hosts over 4,000 physiotherapists.


1. To strengthen the existing network on Clinical Guidelines developers in the European region of WCPT
2. To facilitate involvement of Member Organisations of WCPT in multi-disciplinary guideline development within their country.
3. To promote adaptation of existing (international) guidelines for national or local use


9.30 Plenary opening KNGF congress

Morning session: Clinical guidelines low back pain

Chair : Prof. Rob de Bie (Netherlands)

10.15 Prof. dr. Maurits van Tulder (Netherlands)
European guidelines for the management of acute non-specific low back pain in primary care.

10.40 Dr. Erik Hendriks (Netherlands)
Dutch KNGF-guidelines for non-specific low back pain and KNGF-guideline Manual Therapy for low back pain.

11.05 Dr. Anne Jackson (UK)
CSP clinical guidelines for the management of persistent low back pain: exercise therapy and manual therapy.

11.30 Discussion
Similarities and differences between the low back pain guidelines and implications for implementation at national or local level.

12.30 Lunch

Afternoon session: collaboration and implementation

Chair : Prof. Rob de Bie (Netherlands) - Challenges for the future

13.30 Judy Mead (UK)
Involvement in multi-disciplinary guideline development

13.45 Heidi Anttila (Finland)
Plan of action for guideline development in Nordic Countries

14.00 Ralph Hammond (UK)
Review of CSP guideline development programme

14.15 Ann Moore - Physiotherapy on the road of experience – but what does the future hold? - Developments in physiotherapy in the UK
Paul Helders - The changing panorama of Physiotherapy in the Netherlands

14.30 Claude Maroun (Lebanon)
Implementation of CSP and KNGF guidelines at American University of Beirut Medical Centre, Lebanon

14.45 Break

15.15 Interactive discussion in three subgroups:
a. Collaboration between guideline developers in the European Region of WCPT.
b. Adoption and implementation of clinical guidelines for use at national or local level.
c. Involvement of member Organisations in multi-disciplinary guideline development at national level.

16.15 Plenary discussion and conclusion

17.00 End of program

Programme & Recordings

Opening: Key note – Value Based Healthcare: The value of Physiotherapy

Michael Brennan (United Kingdom)

Session1: European examples of bringing evidence into practice

Nathalie Beswetherick (United Kingdom)

Margareta Eriksson (Sweden)

Emilie Wojdemann (Denmark)

Guus Meerhoff (Netherlands)

Session 2: Science and Physiotherapy

Sandra Beurskens (Netherlands)

Session 3: Evidence Based Practice, What are we talking about?

Lost in translation GRADE: Dunja Dreessens & Ton Kuijpers

Session 4:  Evidence into practice in the Netherlands. Practical application

Clinimetrics framework: Emmylou Breekman & Esther Bols

E-Learning: Marleen Post

Validity of wereable: Emmylou Breekman & Darcy Ummels

Session 5:  Multidisciplinary collaboration in Dutch guideline development

Osteoarthritis: Astrid Polak

Osteoarthritis: Wilfred Peter

Traumatic & Acute knee injury: Stephan Konijnenberg & Nicky van Melick

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