Newly Formed Guideline Advisory Board Operates on Updated Principles

As a result of the collaboration of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Tartu, the Estonian Health Insurance Fund (henceforth EHIF) and the experts of WHO, the Estonian guideline development system has been significantly updated. In October, the new “Estonian Handbook for Guidelines Development” was introduced; soon, the new guidelines for treating patients with hypertension by family physicians are going to be formulated on the basis of this handbook.

A Guideline Advisory Board has been formed according to the principles outlined in the new handbook; its purpose is to improve the quality of health care services offered to patients while supervising the process of guideline development, so that it would be cost-effective, evidence-based and would take community values into account. The Advisory Board is presided over by Professor Margus Lember, who is the Head of the Internal Medicine Clinic of the Tartu University Hospital.   For the “Estonian Handbook for Guidelines Development”, the full membership of the Advisory Board and its agenda, click here: www.ravijuhend.ee.  The deadlines and conditions for presenting new topics for guideline development will be announced at the end of this year. In 2012, the process for guideline development or modernization is going to be applied to three clinical questions chosen by the Advisory Board.
Evelin Koppel Head of Public Relations
Estonian Health Insurance Fund
+ 372 620 8439, +372 5347 8949
evelin.koppel [at] haigekassa.ee ( )