How standards are developed

Development

About

Members of the committees (Standards of Practice, Technology Assessment, Safety and Health and Pediatrics) provide oversight for the policies and rigorous methodologies involved in developing documents to meet the needs of practitioners and to improve patient care. All documents require peer review, approval and publication.

Guidelines can be viewed by clinical topic.

<p>These guidelines created to assist physicians in clinical decision making by describing a range of generally acceptable approaches for the diagnosis, management, or prevention of specific diseases or conditions.</p>

These guidelines created to assist physicians in clinical decision making by describing a range of generally acceptable approaches for the diagnosis, management, or prevention of specific diseases or conditions.


Type of documents developed

The Standards Division has primarily focused on two linked processes: Developing a quality improvement program with practice guidelines and developing reporting standards for interventional  techniques and devices to ensure that devices used in the practice of interventional radiology are applied safely and appropriately to patients and that patients have timely access to important new technological advances.

Quality Improvement Guidelines: These are systematically developed, evidence- based, consensus documents including definitions, indications, efficacy, success, and complication thresholds that assist medical decision-making. Guidelines define an optimal level of patient care and are used to reduce variation in clinical practice between individual physicians or groups of physicians, thus raising the standard of care.

Research Reporting Standards: Reporting standards that explain how procedures/devices are to be assessed and reported.

Safety Guidelines: These recommendations address all areas of health and safety related to the practice of interventional radiology.

Policy Statements: Policy statements are editorial explanations that clarify or emphasize SIR positions, including endorsements or rebuttals of, or comments on, documents from outside groups.

Credentialing Standards: Make recommendations on training and continued competence. Credentials are determined at the hospital level, and while a hospital may rely on outside sources for recommendations, they are not bound by any of these sources.

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

Committees

Standards of Practice Committee shall formally develop standards of practice and clinical practice guidelines for interventional radiology procedures.

Revision/Endorsement Subcommittee shall review and update SIR published standards of practice and practice guidelines for interventional procedures as well as joint IR guidelines published with ACR to ensure that they stay current.

Pediatrics IR Subcommittee shall develop practice guidelines for pediatric interventions as joint collaborative documents between the Society for Pediatric Radiology and SIR.

Technology Assessment Committee shall advise the Society on device matters related to interventional radiology.  The Committee shall produce standards that ensure that devices used in the practice of interventional radiology are applied safely and appropriately to patients. 

Position Statement Subcommittee shall develop society position statements as needed working in collaboration with other pertinent committees when applicable.

Safety and Health Committee shall promote patient and practitioner safety and shall be responsible for addressing all areas of health and safety related to the practice of interventional radiology.