Formal recommendations or principles to assist with patient care for specific clinical circumstances.
Guidelines serve to promote quality and effectiveness of health care services and procedures. Development of guidelines is based on extensive and systematic review of the literature to provide the evidence to support recommendations. Guidelines can serve as helpful evidence of translational research efforts that translate into improved health care services and procedures.
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Groups such as government agencies (federal, state, and local), institutions, professional societies, governing boards, vendors, or expert panels issue guidelines. Guidelines are also produced by vendors not affiliated with a governmental agency or specialty organization. One example of this type of guideline are the Evidence-Based Care Sheets produced by Current Index to Nursing and Allied Health Information (CINAHL). The Sheets include a list of references used to support the guidelines.
Review of guidelines is required to locate evidence that findings from research were used to support the implementation of a guideline. Most guidelines contain references to the literature to support the recommendations noted in the guideline.
Start with the Data Sources to find guidelines for a specific disease, disorder, or condition. Search using the keywords related to the topic, the title of the research study, and/or name of the researcher. Also, check the websites of sponsoring groups or professional societies that convene to develop guidelines.
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There is no single resource for clinical guidelines. Access to self-reported researcher or administrative/in-house data may be required to locate documentation.
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