Dr. Mark Tremblay, representing the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, was the lead expert for the development of harmonized physical activity clinical practice guidelines as part of the C-CHANGE (Canadian Cardiovascular Harmonization of National Guidelines Endeavour). Published this week in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, this new set of harmonized guidelines for the management of risk factors for cardiovascular disease will make it much easier for physicians to care for their patients.

The C-CHANGE initiative harmonized and integrated more than 400 separate recommendations from 8 sets of guidelines into one comprehensive but simplified resource. Differing guidelines can lead to conflicting recommendations and become barriers to good treatment, and the guidelines group simplified and distilled practice and evidence down to 89 recommendations to help clinicians diagnose and manage risk factors for cardiovascular disease in their patients. The full citation information is provided below.

S.W. Tobe, J.A. Stone, M. Brouwers, O. Bhattacharyya, K.M. Walker, M. Dawes, J. Genest, S. Grover, G. Gubitz, D. Lau, A. Pipe, P. Selby, M.S. Tremblay, D. Warburton, R. Ward, V. Woo, L.A. Leiter, P.P. Liu. Harmonization of guidelines for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease: the C-CHANGE Initiative. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 2011. DOI:10.1503/cmaj.101508.