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What are Practice Guidelines

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.

What is the purpose of a Clinical Practice Guideline

Practice guidelines serve to:

  • describe appropriate care based on the best available scientific evidence and broad consensus
  • reduce inappropriate variation in practice
  • provide a more rational basis for referral
  • provide a focus for continuing education
  • promote efficient use of resources
  • act as focus for quality control, including audit
  • highlight shortcomings of existing literature and suggest appropriate future research

From the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation's Clinical Practice Guidelines.

Locating 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.