Information for specialists
When publishing an SMB report, the target groups were addressed as follows:
- Service providers: Publication in the Schweizerische Ärztezeitung (Swiss Medical Journal); posting of the report on the SMB website; letter to the relevant professional societies with the summary of the report;
- Patients: Media communication (generally featured prominently by the media), in three cases (treatment of cruciate ligament rupture; PSA measurement; Bariatric surgery) a flyer was produced for distribution by the Dachverband Schweizer Patientenstellen – DVSP (umbrella association of Swiss patients’ centres).
- Authorities: Application to ELGK (Swiss Federal Commission for General Services and Principles)(e.g. treatment of mitral valve insufficiency)
For selected SMB reports, “aids for medical staff” (e.g. fact boxes) should also be provided in order to help the patient come to a better and quicker understanding of non-intervention. Such aids should be considered in particular for those recommendations which are judged to be highly relevant to patients, i.e. those for which the patient has certain expectations.