Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics

ALSO® Syllabus Updates

The new ALSO Syllabus revision process allows for each chapter to be reviewed/revised by the ALSO Editorial Board and authors every three years, to remain in compliance with the ACCME guidelines.

Due to six revised chapters, compliance updates, re-formatting, and other revisions throughout the entire syllabus, chapters and slide sets will no longer be accessible on the ALSO website.

The 2016 syllabus is now available. Orders submitted by sponsors will be fulfilled with this updated syllabus for all courses on or after March 15, 2016.

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Updates and Revisions Policy

Evidence policy for the ALSO Syllabus 2006 - Present Revision Update and One Page Evidence-Based Addenda

  1. The ALSO syllabus will use the Strength of Recommendation Taxonomy (SORT) endorsed by the American Family Physician and other primary care journals.1
  2. A Summary of Recommendations will follow each chapter.
    1. There should be 6-12 summary recommendations per chapter, proportional to the amount of material covered in the chapter and the amount of evidence available.
    2. In deciding which points to choose for summary recommendations, authors should give priority to recommendations that are high quality (SORT A).
    3. SORT B recommendations can also be included when they have important clinical implications or relate to common clinical practices.
    4. SORT C recommendations WILL ONLY warrant mention in the Summary if the author feels there is exceptional relevance for clinical practice and it's important for clinicians to know that only lower level evidence is available.
  3. Each recommendation should include the reference number(s) for the article(s) that is/are the original source of the evidence.
  4. ALSO editors are available to assist authors in assigning SORT evidence levels to the summary recommendations.

Managing Editor: Larry Leeman, MD, MPH

Co-Editor for Chapters/Slides: Jeff Quinlan, MD

Co-Editor for Chapter/Slides: Lee Dresang, MD

Co-Editor for Syllabus and Instructor Manual: David Gregory, MD

Editor for AFP Serialization: Larry Leeman, MD, MPH

1 Ebell MH. Siwik J. Weiss BD, et al. Strength of recommendation taxonomy (SORT): a patient-centered approach to grading evidence in the medical literature. J Am Board Fam Pract. 17(1):59-67, 2004.



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