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Great news! ILADS Lyme Guidelines Accepted by NGC

Alison Childs
Los Angeles, CA, United States

Sep 21, 2015 — Exciting news from the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS): the ILADS Lyme Guidelines have been accepted by the National Guidelines Clearinghouse (NGC). An excerpt from the official press release:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than 300,000 new cases of Lyme disease occur annually in the US. ILADS guidelines, Evidence Assessments and Guideline Recommendations in Lyme disease: The Clinical Management of Known Tick Bites, Erythema Migrans Rashes and Persistent Disease” bring the latest scientific evidence to bear on the management of the illness. ILADS is proud to announce their guidelines are now available on the National Guidelines Clearinghouse (NGC) website.

The National Guidelines Clearinghouse (NGC) is an initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), under the umbrella of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The NGC recently adopted the Institute of Medicine (IOM) standards for developing trustworthy guidelines, which define the highest level of excellence that a guideline can achieve. Guidelines posted on the NGC website must now satisfy these standards. Thus, the inclusion of ILADS’s peer reviewed guidelines on the NGC website demonstrates that they meet the level of excellence called for by the IOM.

ILADS is the first organization to issue guidelines on Lyme disease that were developed in accordance with the IOM standards. The document provides a detailed review of the pertinent medical literature and contains the first set recommendations for Lyme disease based on the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) process. This rigorous review format is also used by many other well-respected medical organizations including the World Health Organization (WHO), the American College of Physicians, and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) in the UK. ILADS guidelines are the only Lyme disease guidelines that included a patient from the Lyme community as an author or as a member of the guidelines development panel.

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