Welcome to the Guidelines Hub

ESCP aims to establish high quality international guidelines for the treatment of diseases within its scope, using the best available evidence. By providing this guidance, ESCP hopes to improve the outcomes such as recurrence of disease, complications, symptoms and patient satisfaction.

In 2017 ESCP established its Guidelines Committee, whose members have already collaborated in the production of several published guidelines.

The processes and methods are informed by internationally recognised criteria of quality of guidelines.

Below are projects that the Guidelines Committee and colleagues are currently working on and a committee update.

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 There are currently four ongoing guidelines projects and three development of new guidelines:

  1. Guideline for management of pilonidal disease
  2. Social media guideline
  3. Guideline on the diagnosis and treatment of cryptoglandular perianal fistula
  4. FAP guideline
  5. SSI & UEG (EAES & SIS-E) guideline
  6. Guidance on colorectal robotic training
  7. T1 cancer guideline
  8. How to develop guidelines
  9. Functional outcome after colorectal surgery
  10. ODS

Other projects:

  1. UEG GI Guidelines app

Guideline for management of pilonidal disease

Led by Asha Senapati

July 2023 Update: The guidelines have been written. The GRADE process is underway. A meeting is to be arranged in July for sign off of the document.

Guideline on the diagnosis and treatment of cryptoglandular perianal fistula

Led by Kevin Gottgens, Lillian Reza, Phil Tozer and David Zimmerman.

July 2023 Update: The guideline is finished and was submitted for journal. It was returned to us for alterations which we are working on right now. ​We hope to resubmit within 14 days, hopefully leading to swift publication. ​

FAP guideline

Led by Gloria Zaffaroni

July 2023 Update: The manuscript is in the final evaluation of the guideline authors and is due to be submitted in the first week of July ​

SSI & UEG (EAES & SIS-E) guideline

Led by Gianluca Pellino

July 2023 Update: 

Revision of Management Structure and Timeline​:

  • Essentially 15 months delay​
  • Adele Sayers to co-lead, UEG notified​
  • Focus on updating gaps in WHO SSI guideline​

New timeline​

  • Protocol to be approved by guideline members by end July​
  • Data synthesis for 3 PICOs by end Aug, to be presented at ESCP
  • The rest of data synthesis to be completed by Dec 2023​
  • Writing up and submission by Jul 2024​

Guidance on colorectal robotic training

Led by Samson Tou

July 2023 Update: The second draft of the guideline is done and has been circulated to the entire guideline group authors (robotic). ​We aim to get the comments back late July and circulate it to the external reviewers (two have identified), hoping to receive comments, correction and submission to Colorectal Disease in September before the ESCP meeting. 

T1 cancer guideline

Led by: Triantafyllos Doulias

July 2023 Update: 

  • I must admit that we have kicked off nicely and we went through 2 milestones of the project already ​
  • We have created the PICOS and we have asked the panel members for a final review ​
  • We have created the keywords and we are ready to start the literature review with
  • Sadly though we lost the UEG grant therefore we are looking of different ways to proceed ​


How to develop guidelines

Led by Gianluca Pellino and Adele Sayers

July 2023 Update: The storyboard has been approved by the UEG and we're now planning how to create the content for the activity. ​
Yasuko is being supporting myself and Adele (who is also co-leading this), and we are discussing with UEG the future steps. 

Functional outcome after colorectal surgery

Led by Stéphanie Breukink

July 2023 Update: First draft recommendations are ready for oncological version ​


Led by Gaetano Gallo

July 2023 Update: Everything is going well. established outcomes and questions. Next week we will notify applicants and schedule the meeting with the whole group.

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Committee Update 2022

ESCP’s Guidelines Committee is continuing to go from strength to strength. Stéphanie Breukink is pleased to have Triantafyllos Doulias on the Guidelines Committee as the new Assistant Chair. He has been a member of the Committee since 2020; she also gives a warm welcome to Nikki Christou, Audrius Dulskas, Fabian Grass, Adele Sayers and Robert Siegel.

The Guidelines Committee has secured grants from UEG to support Guidelines on:

  • European Guideline on multidisciplinary management of obstructed defecation syndrome
  • A multidisciplinary European Guideline on the assessment and management of gastrointestinal outcomes following surgery for colorectal cancer and following benign colorectal surgery
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