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Hints and tips on responding to consultations

At PhysiotherapyUK 2015, the CSP ran a workshop with representatives from NICE and SIGN. 

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How can I make my response more effective?

One of the activities included formulating some hints and tips on how to respond to draft document consultations.

The list below has been developed by physiotherapy staff, for physiotherapy staff and we hope that they will be useful:

  • Clear
    Carefully structure your comment for clarity. Be clear about the point you want to make and what you would like the outcome of the change to be.
  • Specific
    Be specific about what aspect of the document you are commenting on. Clearly state what text you are referring to and where it appears in the text.
  • Constructive
    When making a negative comment, provide solutions. Explain exactly how the guideline could be improved, or what you would want it to say.
  • Reasoned
    Provide a rationale for your comment, with evidence if available.
  • Informed
    Be aware of the scope of the guideline when commenting. This includes guidance that is already available to avoid duplication of recommendations.
  • Positive
    If there is a recommendation that you agree with, express your agreement. It’s useful for guideline development groups to know if they are on the right track.
  • Useful
    Use your knowledge to help improve the guideline. Highlight any typos, inappropriate terminology or confusing recommendations.
  • Objective
    Use objective and respectful language. Try not to let your emotions lead to defensive or inflammatory language, remember this is a professional arena.
  • Concise
    Help the reader understand your comments. Keeping your comments concise will help make sure that your meaning is clear and keep the reader’s attention.
  • User friendly
    Avoid jargon in your response. The reader is unlikely to be a physiotherapist so make sure that the language you use is accessible to all.

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