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Clinical Practice Guidelines

This guide will help you learn what practice guidelines are and how to find high quality guidelines

Criteria for Trustworthy Guidelines

This Table was adapted from the National Academy of Medicine/formerly the Institute of Medicine.

(Institute of Medicine (US). Committee on Standards for Developing Trustworthy Clinical Practice Guidelines, Graham, R., Mancher, M., & Miller Wolman, D. (2011). Clinical practice guidelines we can trust.)

• Be based on a systematic review of the literature
• Be developed by a knowledgeable, multidisciplinary panel of experts and representatives from key affected groups
• Consider important patient subgroups and patient values and preferences
• Be based on an explicit and transparent process that minimizes distortions, biases, and conflicts of interest
• Provide a clear explanation of the logical relationships between alternative care options and health outcomes
• Provide ratings of the quality of evidence and the strength of recommendations
• Be reconsidered and revised as appropriate when important new evidence warrants modifications of recommendations