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Practice Guidelines: Practice Guidelines

General Information

Guidelines can be found at the websites of the sponsoring organizations (e.g., major medical organizations and clinical specialty societies), or by entering "clinical practice guidelines" into a search engine.  "Practice guideline" can also be set as a limit term for type of article when using PubMed to search the US National Library of Medicine.  There are also a few organizations dedicated to making practice guidelines more accessible.

National Guideline Clearinghouse is now ECRI Guidelines Trust

ECRI Institute, the independent nonprofit organization that the United States federal government relied on to develop and maintain the now shuttered National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC), has taken over the responsibility of providing this critical service to the healthcare community.

ECRI Guidelines Trust provides a centralized repository of current, properly vetted evidence based clinical practice guidelines summaries and other information.  The site enables users to search and retrieve ECRI's summarization and full text of clinical practice guidelines from hundreds of participating guideline developers.  Included with the results of a search of the ECRI Guidelines Trust will be unbiased evaluations on the rigor and transparency of the guidelines against the National Academy of Medicine standards for trustworthiness.

TRIP Database

TRIP, a clinical search engine originally developed as a search tool by The Public Health Wales Observatory, has a free searchable library of Guideline summaries which draws results from the U.S., Cananda, the U.K., and Australia. The Trip Blog will take you through the process of finding guidelines step-by-step.

Browse Guidelines from ECRI

Other Guideline Resources

American College of Physicians: Clinical Guidelines & Recommendations
ACP's goal is to provide clinicians with recommendations based on the best available evidence; to inform clinicians of when there is no evidence; and finally, to help clinicians deliver the best health care possible.

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
The USPSTF is an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine. The Task Force works to improve the health of all Americans by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services. All recommendations are published on the Task Force’s Web site and/or in a peer-reviewed journal.

Guideline Central is dedicated to providing healthcare professionals with evidence-based clinical decision-support tools that are current, practical, and easily accessible.  Guideline Central partners with over thirty-five medical societies and government agencies to provide quick-reference tools that physicians can rely on for credible guidance in the management of a medical condition


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