EDITORIALSExpertise no longer a sine qua non for guideline authors?*Messerli, Franz H.a,b,c; Hofstetter, Louisa; Agabiti-Rosei, Enricod; Burnier, Michele; Elliott, William J.f; Franklin, Stanley S.g; Grodzicki, Tomaszh; Kario, Kazuomii; Kjeldsen, Sverre E.j; Kostis, John B.k; Laurent, Stephanel; Leenen, Frans H.m; Lund-Johansen, Pern; Mancia, Giuseppeo,p; Narkiewicz, Krzysztofq; Papademetriou, Vasiliosr; Parati, Gianfrancos,t; Poulter, Neilu; Redon, Josepv; Rimoldi, Stefano F.a; Ruilope, Luis M.w; Schiffrin, Ernesto L.x; Schmieder, Roland E.y; Schwartz, Allan B.z,aa; Sever, Peterbb; Sowers, James R.cc,dd,ee; Staessen, Jan A.ff; Wang, Jiguanggg; Weber, Michaelhh; Williams, Bryanii; de Leeuw, Peter W.jjAuthor Information aDepartment of Cardiology and Clinical Research, Inselspital Bern, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland bMount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine, New York, New York, USA cJagiellonian University Krakow, Kraków, Poland dDepartment of Clinical and Experimental Sciences, Clinica Medica, University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy eService de Néphrologie et Hypertension, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV), Lausanne, Switzerland fDepartment of Biomedical Sciences, Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, Yakima, Washington gHeart Disease Prevention Program, Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, C240 Medical Sciences, University of California, Irvine, California, USA hDepartment of Internal Medicine and Gerontology, Jagiellonian University Medical College, Krakow, Poland iDivision of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Medicine, Jichi Medical University School of Medicine, Tochigi, Japan jDepartment of Cardiology, University of Oslo, Ullevaal Hospital, Oslo, Norway kCardiovascular Institute, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA lDepartment of Pharmacology, European Georges Pompidou Hospital, Assistance Publique Hôpitaux de Paris, Inserm UMR 970, University Paris Descartes, Paris, France mHypertension Unit, University of Ottawa Heart Institute, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada nDepartment of Heart Diseases, University of Bergen, Haukeland Hospital, Bergen, Norway oUniversity of Milano-Bicocca pIRCCS Istituto Auxologico Italiano, Milan, Italy qDepartment of Hypertension and Diabetology, Medical University of Gdansk, Gdańsk, Poland rHypertension and Cardiovascular Research Clinic, Veterans Affairs and Georgetown University Medical Centers, Washington, District of Columbia, USA sDepartment of Cardiovascular, Neural and Metabolic Sciences, Ospedale S. Luca IRCCS Istituto Auxologico Italiano tDepartment of Medicine and Surgery, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italy uImperial Clinical Trials Unit, Imperial College London, London, UK vHospital Clinico Unviersitario de Valencia, Valencia wDepartment of Nephrology, Hypertension Unit, Hospital 12 de Octubre, Madrid, Spain xDepartment of Medicine, Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research, Jewish General Hospital, McGill University, Montreal, Québec, Canada yDepartment of Nephrology and Hypertension, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), Erlangen, Germany zDivision of Nephrology and Hypertension, Department of Medicine aaAmerican Society of Hypertension, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA bbInternational Centre for Circulatory Health, National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London – Hammersmith Campus, London, UK ccDiabetes and Cardiovascular Center, University of Missouri School of Medicine ddDepartment Service, Harry S Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital eeDepartment of Medical Pharmacology and Physiology, University of Missouri School of Medicine, Columbia, Missouri, USA ffUniversity of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium ggDepartment of Hypertension, Shanghai Institute of Hypertension, Ruijin Hospital, Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine, Shanghai, China hhSUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA iiUniversity College London and NIHR University College London Hospitals Biomedical Research Centre, University College London, London, UK jjDepartment of Medicine, Masstricht University Medical Center, Maastricht University, Maastricht, the Netherlands Correspondence to Franz H. Messerli, MD, FACC, Professor of Medicine, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland; Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine, New York, New York, USA, Jagiellonian University Krakow, Kraków, Poland. Tel: +41 77 468 13 63; fax: +41 31 632 42 11; e-mail: [email protected] * This article has been copublished in Hypertension. Received 29 March, 2017 Accepted 11 May, 2017 Journal of Hypertension: August 2017 - Volume 35 - Issue 8 - p 1564-1566 doi: 10.1097/HJH.0000000000001435 Buy Metrics Abstract Several sets of guidelines have been published recently and more are in the works. The very recent American College of Physicians/American Academy of Family Practitioners guidelines were put together by a set of authors and consultants without any expertise in the topic under discussion, that is, hypertension. Although we are not maintaining that all guidelines should be written exclusively by experts, complete lack of expertise among guideline authors is not acceptable. 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