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Okay, where do I find practice guidelines? Practice guidelinesfrom various medical specialties are available via the Internet. When available they are a critical component of medical decision making, yet practice guidelines require time and analysis of best practices for their development, and not every medical condition or health issue is covered. (The alphabetical list below is a good place to start looking.)
Scroll down to search AHA practice guidelines by topic or publication date. Also, a handy mobile app for practice guidelines on the go! And info on policies & development of practice guidelines for the seriously erudite.
From our northern neighbor comes a handy database of Canadian practice guidelines. Maintained by the Canadian Medical Association it contains 1,200 guidelines developed or endorsed by authoritative medical & health organizations in Canada.
A repository of clinical practice guidelines created by various government agencies, non-profit groups, and professional organizations. This is a U.S. initiative to aggregate evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, courtesy of your tax dollars!
"The NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology™ – the recognized standard for clinical policy in oncology – are the most comprehensive and most frequently updated clinical practice guidelines available in any area of medicine. Covering 97 percent of all patients with cancer and updated on a continual basis, the NCCN Guidelines are developed through an explicit review of the evidence integrated with expert medical judgment by multidisciplinary panels from NCCN Member Institutions. Treatment recommendations are specific and are implemented through performance measurement. NCCN Guidelines Panels address cancer detection, prevention and risk reduction, workup and diagnosis, treatment and supportive care."
Practice guidelines for antimicrobial use, infections by organ system & organism, and "other guidelines" (fever, infection prevention, immunizations, catheter-related infections, etc.). Also, downloadable guidelines for mobile devices, a discussion forum for practice guidelines, and info on guideline methodology--for those wishing to delve deeper!
Produced by the Health Council of Canada, and obviously geared toward Canada, this video still gives an excellent overview of Practice Guidelines: what they are, the role they play in health care, how they are used, how they came about, and their relationship to EBP. At over five minutes, it's a longer video but still well worth watching. (Don't worry, the French parts are brief and have subtitles!)