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FuzzySlippers
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http://www.idsociety.org/Content.aspx?id=11586


IDSA Lyme Disease Review Panel Application

The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) is seeking physicians and scientists to volunteer to serve on a review panel to determine whether the Society's 2006 practice guidelines on Lyme disease should be revised or updated.

IDSA has entered into an agreement with the Attorney General of Connecticut ending his antitrust investigation of the Society's Lyme disease guidelines.

Under the agreement, the guidelines remain in effect; but IDSA is agreeing to an extra step: a one-time special review of the literature to determine whether the 2006 Lyme disease guidelines should be revised or updated.

The timing of this review is consistent with the usual practice of reviewing published IDSA guidelines for changes every few years, but is distinctive, in that the review will be conducted by an independent panel.

To that end, a panel of eight to 12 physicians and scientists will be assembled to review and critically appraise the literature on Lyme disease.

The panel will also consider data and other information submitted to IDSA and will hold a public hearing where individuals may present data to the panel for consideration. At the conclusion of this process, the review panel will evaluate whether each of the recommendations in the 2006 guidelines is supported by the scientific evidence and will make a recommendation to IDSA as to whether its 2006 guidelines should be revised or updated.

Any proposed recommendations shall require a supermajority of 75 percent or more of the total voting members of the panel.

Medical ethicist Howard Brody, MD, PhD, of the University of Texas Medical Branch, Institute for the Medical Humanities has been jointly selected by the Office of the Attorney General and IDSA and will serve as an ombudsman who will screen applicants for potential conflicts of interest.

The following must be completed, submitted, and received by October 1, 2008:

* Application
* Curriculum Vitae (CV)
* Notarized Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form*

Interested individuals should carefully review the following selection criteria and time commitment requirements before submitting their application materials.

*Conflict of Interest Disclosure form must be completed online, downloaded, signed by a notary public, and mailed directly to IDSA.


Selection Criteria

The Chair and members of the Panel must meet the following criteria:

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must be a clinician or scientist
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must not have served on a any Lyme guideline panel
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must be free of conflicts of interest as determined by the ombudsman
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must be experienced in the review and interpretation of the medical/scientific literature
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must have knowledge of Lyme disease and/or other infectious diseases as evidenced by:

o clinical experience and/or
o research experience

In addition, the Chair must meet the following requirements:

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must be trained in infectious diseases
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must be without any beneficial or financial interest related to Lyme disease as determined by the ombudsman
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must have knowledge of Lyme disease but need not be an expert
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must not have previously published a particular viewpoint on Lyme disease
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must have the ability to:

o complete tasks in a timely manner
o consider varying points of view
o bring groups of individuals to consensus


Time Commitment

It is estimated that the review process will take eight - 12 months. Over this period, members of the review panel will be expected to participate in several one- to two-hour conference calls and attend at least one, two-day, in-person meeting that will include the public hearing. Panel members will be required to critically review the literature on Lyme disease. It is estimated that this and any necessary e-mail exchanges will take 10-15 hours per month or two-four hours per week.


If you meet the above mentioned criteria, please complete the following steps:

PLEASE NOTE - Although you may complete these forms in any order, your application will NOT be considered if you have not submitted all materials by October 1, 2008.

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thx for posting....

THEY MUST BE AN INFECTIOUS DR!!!
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OOPS, i misread that....


chair MUST BE TRAINED INFECTIOUS DISEASE!

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fuzzy,

Excuse me if I missed this, but what/when is this supposed to begin? In the near future?

We can only hope.

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ARGH...talk about spin!!! Not feeling good today but hope someone else has the energy to point out the places where they twisted the AG's mandate.

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Quote , Must not have previously Published a particular view point on Lyme disease.

Who among Camp B, could meet this Criteria ??????
Few, Many. ????

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"Any proposed recommendations shall require a supermajority of 75 percent or more of the total voting members of the panel."

Does this mean it will take a 75% majority to change their existing view or are the recommendations starting from scratch?


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Bill, my understanding is that they will vote to change the existing 2006 guidelines.

You can read the legal agreement HERE

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Action Plan, p. 4 -- Weighing the Evidence

a. The principal function of the Review Panel shall be to make an individual determination whether each of the recommendations in the 2006 Lyme disease guidelines is medically/scientifically justified in light of all of the evidence and information provided.

You can read the 2000 and 2006 guidelines, and more information about Blumenthal's findings, at

http://delicious.com/lymebrarian/IDSA+guidelines

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Keebler
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must be trained in infectious diseases;

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must have knowledge of Lyme disease but need not be an expert


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must be without any beneficial or financial interest related to Lyme disease as determined by the ombudsman


- - but, as written, won't that rule out any real lyme experts who treat real patients?


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Oh! Silly me.

I thought a doctor trained in infectious diseases WAS an expert infectious diseases.

And, odd, I saw nothing about other tick-borne infections.


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LOL, Keebler, good point.

There are more restrictions for the panel chairperson than there are for the other panel members. AND the panel is supposed to be composed of a wide range of views.

It won't be boring, for sure....

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quote:
The panel will also consider data and other information submitted to IDSA
Yes, LLMD's will most likely NOT be able to participate as the criteria is written.

However, they WILL have to consider data and other information provided to IDSA of which has been provided by LLMD's I would surely HOPE!!!!

Additionally, the research is extensively ongoing and all that data MUST be submitted as well. I think any and all notations of researchers must be begged to hand over what data they have no matter how incomplete for this consideration to date!


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and will hold a public hearing where individuals may present data to the panel for consideration.
That is where we come in. Sounds like we have about 6 months MAX to come up with an ORGANIZED presentation and that would be best handled by the different Support Groups, IMHO!!!

Each state needs one.

Each individual needs to become a member.

Each support group needs to compile information and submit it in an organized fashion and as many individuals and family members and friends of those individuals need to be present as possible.

THIS IS THE BIG ONE GUYS! IT IS NOW A NUMBERS GAME! THE MORE THE BETTER AND THE MORE MEDIA AT PLAY THE BETTER!

This is where the buck stops. This is where we have to stop bit&^%ng and do something about it!!!! [group hug] Unity time!!!

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