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Developing Countries Program Manager Erin Nunan with Dr Lisiate K ‘Ulufonua, Medical Superintendent, Vaiola Hospital

Visit to Tonga to assist with guideline updating

The Developing Countries Program has been working with the Tongan Drugs and Therapeutics Committee, offering assistance as they review and update the 2007 Tongan Standard Treatment Guidelines. Professor Rob Moulds and Erin Nunan travelled to Tonga in July 2017 to meet with the Drugs and Therapeutics Committee to discuss the ways in which TGL assistance could be offered to support guideline development in Tonga.

While in Tonga, Erin and Rob participated in the Drugs and Therapeutics Committee guideline workshop, attended by senior clinicians, public health, nursing and pharmacy staff. Challenges to guideline development were discussed by clinicians tasked with updating sections of the Standard Treatment Guidelines. Discussions were held around the aims and benefits of guideline production and the importance of selecting the guideline target audience at the outset.

Professor Rob Moulds presented on general guideline principles and showed the clinicians through eTG Complete online, highlighting that Therapeutic Guidelines’s aim is to provide point of care treatment guidance. As a result of this visit, Therapeutic Guidelines has offered complimentary subscriptions to eTG Complete to all Tongan Ministry of Health employees. The authors involved in updating the local guidelines are encouraged to use TG titles as a reference source while updating local guidelines. Rob met individually with the authors to discuss how Therapeutic Guidelines may be able to further assist with revising and updating topics for their new guidelines.

We wish the Tongan Ministry of Health the best of luck as they proceed with this important task and look forward to continuing to offer assistance to the process.

TGL’s Medical Advisor Professor Rob Moulds presents on guideline development and use to the Tonga Drugs and Therapeutics Committee









eTG Complete in use at National University of Samoa

eTG Complete access for National University of Samoa (NUS)

The Developing Countries Program has provided access to eTG Complete to the School Of Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the National University of Samoa. Currently, the school has 51 medical students across 6 years of study. 20 students are completing their clinical years (years 4-6) and have provided feedback that access to Therapeutic Guidelines has been very helpful to them in their studies.

The medical school was established in 2015. As a new school, having access to up to date online resources is of great benefit to both staff and students at the University. Finding the resource hugely useful, the medical school has  extended an invitation to NUS nursing students and clinicians to take advantage of eTG Complete within the faculty of medicine library.


Subscribe to the Developing Countries Program Clinical Updates

The Developing Countries Program has launched a new initiative to provide the latest and most relevant clinical practice information to health professionals working in developing countries.

Launched in October 2017, the program provides monthly Clinical Updates to Developing Countries Program eTG complete subscribers. The updates focus on recently reviewed and updated guidelines published in eTG complete. For the first clinical update, we have selected the topic “gout”, which was extensively revised in Therapeutic Guidelines Rheumatology version 3 published in 2017.

The Developing Countries Program Medical Advisor, Professor Rob Moulds, former Chair of the Rheumatology Expert Group, has written this update. In this and future updates, he will be sharing his views and insights into the latest information from TGL guidelines with a particular focus on information that may be relevant to local developing countries health care settings.

To subscribe to the Developing Countries Program Clinical Updates, please contact the Developing Countries Program Manager at [email protected]