Practice guidelines are systematically developed statements to assist practitioner and patient decisions about appropriate health care for specific clinical circumstances.
Institute of Medicine. (1990). Clinical Practice Guidelines: Directions for a New Program, M.J. Field and K.N. Lohr (eds.) Washington, DC: National Academy Press. page 38.
What are CPGs? Produced by the Health Council of Canada
What are CPGs: This video provides an introduction to CPGs: what they are, who can benefit from their use, and why patients and health care providers should take an interest in them.
Practice guidelines serve to:
From the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation's Clinical Practice Guidelines.
Practice guidelines are available from many sources online. They are not, however, available for every health and medical condition as they take lots of time, effort, and best practice analysis to develop.