How standards are developed

Development

About

The mission of the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) is to improve patient care through image guided therapy. The Society was founded in 1973 and is recognized today as the primary specialty society for physicians who provide minimally invasive image guided therapies.

The Standards Division of the SIR provides a framework of evidence-based clinical practice documents to ensure patient safety and enhance the delivery of patient care.  Standards Division members are leaders in the field of interventional radiology from both the private and academic sectors of medicine who dedicate the vast majority of their professional time to performing interventional procedures and as such, they represent a broad expert constituency of the subject matter under consideration for standards development.

The SIR Standards process has evolved in recent years to improve the quality of evidence used to derive recommendations. Details on the udpated methodology can be found here.

Access the complete list of published Standards here.

<p>Topics for Standards document development are solicited through an annual survey that allows SIR members the opportunity to submit topics for consideration.</p>

Topics for Standards document development are solicited through an annual survey that allows SIR members the opportunity to submit topics for consideration.

Type of documents developed

Clinical Practice Guidelines/Practice Parameters

Statements that include recommendations intended to optimize patient care and assist physicians in clinical decision making. They are developed using a rigorous methodology involving a systematic review of the literature and assessment of the evidence.

Competence and Training Statements

Statements that make recommendations on training and competencies required for a given clinical topic, procedure or therapy. Recommendations are supported by evidence when available and/or expert consensus.

Quality Improvement Standards

Statements that combine the recommendations of clinical practice guidelines (where available) and performance measures to provide guidance on clinical quality improvement in IR practice.

Position Statements

Statements that reflect the opinion of the SIR concerning areas of clinical practice and/or technologies that are evolving.  Position statements are evidence-based whenever possible but since they usually address a developing clinical practice or technology, the body of evidence may be smaller and an independent panel of experts, usually multi-disciplinary, may be convened for document development.  

Reporting Standards

Statements that define a set of standardized data elements to be used in data collection efforts for describing processes and outcomes of interventional radiology procedures.  The purpose of reporting standards is to facilitate professional agreement on common vocabulary/definitions and to permit comparison of data across studies or combination of data from studies for further analysis.

Outside Collaboration (Appropriateness Criteria, Consensus): These are multi-organizational efforts towards one goal. 

Committees

The Standards Committee is charged with formally developing standards of practice and clinical practice guidelines for interventional radiology procedures. The committee shall review standards and guidelines developed by outside organizations and make recommendations for SIR endorsement of these standards and guidelines. The committee shall also keep the SIR membership informed of standards and guidelines that affect their practice and patients. The Standards Committee consists of the following workgroups:

Arterial

Cardiac Imaging and New Techologies 

Interventional Oncology

Neuro and Spine

Non-Vascular

Pediatrics

Portal

Renal

Safety and Professional Development

Venous

Women's Health