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Clinical Practice Guidelines

What are clinical practice guidelines?

"The IOM (2011) defined clinical practice guidelines as "statements that include recommendations intended to optimize patient care that are informed by a systematic review of evidence and an assessment of the benefits and harms of alternative care options." Trustworthy guidelines should be based on a systematic evidence review, developed by panel of multidisciplinary experts, provide a clear explanation of the logical relationships between alternative care options and health outcomes, and provide ratings of both the quality of evidence and the strength of the recommendations."

- NIH, About Systematic Evidence Reviews and Clinical Practice Guidelines, https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/healthpro/guidelines/about


For more information on where to find guidelines, see our guide on Clinical Practice Guidelines.