Clinical Practice Guidelines

Guidelines are designed to support the decision-making processes in patient care . The content of a guideline is based on a systematic review of clinical evidence – the main source for evidence-based care.

Purposes of guidelines

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