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Developing and applying a 'living guidelines' approach to WHO recommendations on maternal and perinatal health.

Vogel JP, Dowswell T, Lewin S, Bonet M, Hampson L, Kellie F, Portela A, Bucagu M, Norris SL, Neilson J, Gülmezoglu AM, Oladapo OT
UNDP/UNFPA/UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP), Department of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland.


How should the WHO most efficiently keep its global recommendations up to date? In this article we describe how WHO developed and applied a ‘living guidelines’ approach to its maternal and perinatal health (MPH) recommendations, based on a systematic and continuous process of prioritisation and updating. Using this approach, 25 new or updated WHO MPH recommendations have been published in 2017-2018. The new approach helps WHO ensure its guidance is responsive to emerging evidence and remains up to date for end users.

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  • Journal: BMJ Global Health
  • Published: 19/08/2019
  • Volume: 4
  • Issue: 4
  • Pagination: e001683