Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology / 2000 / Article

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Volume 14 |Article ID 302785 | https://doi.org/10.1155/2000/302785

John K Marshall, "A Critical Approach to Clinical Practice Guidelines", Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, vol. 14, Article ID 302785, 5 pages, 2000. https://doi.org/10.1155/2000/302785

A Critical Approach to Clinical Practice Guidelines

Received23 Feb 2000
Revised12 Apr 2000

Abstract

The rate of publication of clinical practice guidelines for the management of common medical illnesses continues to accelerate. The appropriate dissemination and uptake of high quality practice guidelines can synthesize evidence, improve patient outcomes and enhance the efficiency of health care delivery. However, the methodological rigour and relevance of the growing number of publications labelled ’clinical practice guidelines’ vary widely. Health care payers, providers and advocates must learn to appraise and interpret guideline recommendations critically. A simple and practical nine-question approach to evaluating the quality, relevance and effectiveness of clinical practice guidelines is presented.

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