Guidelines Development Group

The objective of the Guidelines Development Group (GDG) is to develop evidence-based European Guidelines for breast cancer screening and diagnosis (the European Breast Guidelines) for screening and diagnosis.

The GDG will follow the GRADE approach in defining the healthcare question of interest (population of interest, interventions to be compared and patient-relevant outcomes- PICO), synthesizing the evidence and developing the recommendations for the Guidelines. This will be carried out within virtual working environments and in meetings organised every three months. The initial draft documents and the final versions before publication are subject of open calls for feedback launched online.

The members are also invited to contribute to the other ECIBC objectives, the Digital Mammography Training Template and the European Guidelines Platform covering all processes of care (from screening to end-of-life care). 

An external contractor, CCIb –Iberoamerican Cochrane Centre, supports the GDG for their tasks from literature review to drafting of recommendations.

Members and external experts

Patricia Fitzpatrick

Patricia Fitzpatrick

Dr Patricia Fitzpatrick (MB BCh BAO, DCH, Dip Med Mgt, MD, MPH, FRCPI, FFPHMI) trained in general medicine and public health medicine and is now Consultant Epidemiologist & Director of Evaluation for the National Cancer Screening Service, Ireland and Senior Lecturer and Associate Dean for Graduate Affairs in the School of Public Health, Physiotherapy & Sports Science, University College Dublin, Ireland.

She was Dean of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland 2009-2011.

She is a board member of CSTAR – the Centre for Support and Training for Analysis and Research at UCD.

She is a current/former board Member of national statutory and professional boards, including the Institute of Public Health, National Cancer Registry Ireland and the Women’s Health Council.

Her research interests include health services research and cancer prevention.

She is Academic Director of the UCD Centre for Health Services Research.

She has published 94 articles, 2 book chapters, 245 refereed papers & published abstracts, 50 reports and several published letters and short reports.

Declaration of interests



Last update: 2017