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Sayarifard A, Nazari M, Bahmanziari N, Mehrdad N, Ghadirian L. Challenges of Clinical Practice Guidelines Adaptation in Iran: Lesson learned for Low and Middle-Income Countries. Med J Islam Repub Iran. 2022; 36 (1) :508-514
URL: http://mjiri.iums.ac.ir/article-1-7672-en.html
Knowledge Utilization Research Center, Center for Academic and Health Policy, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran , lghadirianm@tums.ac.ir
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    Background: Developing a clinical practice guideline (CPG) is very time-consuming, expensive, and requires specialized knowledge; therefore, when an up-to-date and quality CPG is available, it is logical to adapt it according to local conditions. So this study aimed to identify the challenges of CPGs adaptation in Iran to help improve it and provide lessons for low and middle-income countries (LMICs).
   Methods: This was a qualitative study that was conducted in 2019. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 17 participants from two levels, groups involved in the CPGs adaptation process, from research centers and specialized medical associations and policymakers and planners in CPG development and adaptation from the Ministry of Health and Medical Education (MoHME).
   Results: The identified challenges were classified into two basic and operational categories. Basic challenges include believing the need for CPGs adaptation, attention to CPGs adaptation in evaluation and reward systems, access to financial resources, and supervision of the adaptation process. Also, operational challenges were adaptation methodology, forming an adaptation team, consensus on interdisciplinary issues, changing programs and priorities, and external barriers in the work progress path.
   Conclusion: The main challenges of CPGs adaptation in Iran, as one of the LMICs, are related to education, financing, and supervision of adaptation process steps. The most significant proposed interventions to overcome the current obstacles in countries with similar contexts are holding new training courses and programs for these CPG users at different headquarters' and environmental levels, establishing an appropriate motivating system, designing an integrated adaptation system focusing on organizing related supervision affairs like planning, policy-making, and supervision at the MoHME and universities level.
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