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Planning for the development of evidence based guidelines for the nutritional management of obesity in Saudi Arabia
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences - Papers (Archive)
  • A. M. Almajwal, University of Wollongong
  • P. G. Williams, University of Wollongong
  • M. J. Batterham, University of Wollongong
  • A. M. Alothman, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
RIS ID
23508
Publication Date
1-1-2008
Publication Details
This article was originally published as Almajwal, AM, Williams, PG, Batterham, MJ and Alothman, AM, Planning for the development of evidence based guidelines, The New Egyptian Journal of Medicine, 38(1), 2008, 34-39.
Abstract
Objective: To seek agreement from key stakeholders on the main issues, considerations and key questions that need to be addressed when developing evidence based guidelines for nutritional management of obesity in Saudi Arabia. Methods: Forty six health professionals (including, dietitians, physicians, academics and government representatives) participated in an invited workshop held in Riyadh in June 2007. Participants were divided into groups to discuss five topics: priority areas to include in a critical literature review, best formats for presentation of guidelines, particular local issues to consider, information to be included in appendices, and methods to encourage the adoption and use of the guidelines. A questionnaire was also distributed to participants and they were asked to rank their level of agreement about issues related to the process of guideline development. Results: Participants agreed that Saudi clinical practice guidelines are necessary for dietitians and other health professionals to guide effective nutritional management of obesity. They also agreed about the most important key questions that need to be addressed in the guidelines. In contrast, there was no general agreement about the best formats of the guidelines and this may be due to the limited use of the guidelines for daily practices. Participants also discussed other topics and their views are summarized Conclusion: The development of specific clinical practice guidelines for nutritional management of obesity in Saudi Arabia is warranted and will be valued by Saudi dietitians and other health professionals.
Citation Information
A. M. Almajwal, P. G. Williams, M. J. Batterham and A. M. Alothman. "Planning for the development of evidence based guidelines for the nutritional management of obesity in Saudi Arabia" (2008)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/mbatterham/70/