Clinical Practice Guidelines
Clinical practice guidelines are developed by healthcare and professional organizations to assist care providers address a variety of medical issues and conditions. Practice guidelines contain recommendations based on a systematic review of the research evidence. These guidelines are not absolute protocols but statements for healthcare professionals to consider.
Guidelines Found in Medical Library Databases
PubMed is maintained by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and provides life sciences and biomedical information for articles from academic journals covering medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, and health care. After performing a search, select “Practice Guideline” within the Article Attribute list of the filtering menu on left. (If Practice Guideline option is not showing, click on Additional filters button to add it.)
ClinicalKey helps doctors, nurses and other health professionals make better decisions in any patient scenario. Guidelines in ClincalKey can be filtered by specialty and authoring organization.
Cochrane Library is a collection of databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence, to inform healthcare decisions. Browse reviews, protocols, and clinical answers of medical topics for guidelines.
ECRI Guidelines Trust is an independent nonprofit organization improving the safety, quality, and cost-effectiveness of care across all healthcare settings. Search ECRI for practice guidelines and browse by clinical specialty.
UpToDate is a trusted evidence-based clinical decision support resource used at the point of patient care. After selecting a specific result of a topic search, scroll down in the Topic Outline on the left, and click on “Society Guideline Links.”
Selected Organizations Practice Guidelines
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
- American Academy of Neurology (AAN)
- American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
- American College of Cardiology (ACC)
- American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOP)
- American College of Physicians (ACP)
- American Diabetes Association (ADA)
- American Psychiatric Association (APA)
- American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)
- Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)
- National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
- National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- Veterans Affairs (VA)/Department of Defense (DoD)
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