Answered By: Clara Fowler
Last Updated: Sep 25, 2015     Views: 28

The NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute writes that 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.

Guidelines are written and published by professional societies and healthcare organizations with an interest in defining the standards of care.  Guidelines can be found by searching for these organizations, but it is usually more efficient to search the larger guidelines repositories.  The following repositories collect and organize international, English-language guidelines.

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