New BC Guidelines mobile app

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 59 , No. 5 , June 2017 , Pages 277-278 News

The Guidelines and Protocols Advisory Committee (GPAC) has a new BC Guidelines app for both Apple and Android mobile devices.

GPAC, a joint collaboration between Doctors of BC and the Ministry of Health, is an advisory committee to the Medical Services Commission and made up of family doctors, specialists, and key ministry and Doctors of BC representatives. Its mandate is to provide evidence-based recommendations to BC practitioners to support quality medical care while making optimal use of medical resources. It publishes its recommendations as BC Guidelines—concise, user-friendly clinical practice guidelines with a focus on key therapeutic and diagnostic issues affecting British Columbians ( There are currently 58 guidelines on a variety of clinical conditions and diseases, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, asthma (in adults and in children), and chronic heart failure, and on special endocrine testing and palliative care.

BC Guidelines are widely used by BC health care practitioners, including physicians, nurse practitioners, and medical students, with the website receiving more than 100 000 visits each year.

GPAC partnered with Dr Matthew Toom, a computer programmer and UBC family medicine resident, to create the new app. It works offline, so practitioners can access the guidelines from anywhere. The app can be used to support clinical teaching with medical students, residents, and international medical graduates. It can be downloaded for free from

. New BC Guidelines mobile app. BCMJ, Vol. 59, No. 5, June, 2017, Page(s) 277-278 - News.

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