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Clinical practice guidelines: time to move the debate from the how to the who

Med J Aust 2002; 176 (7): 304-305.

The ascendancy of evidence-based medicine over the last decade has fostered an unprecedented growth in practice guidelines.1-3 Departments of health and associated agencies, specialty societies and other medical organisations have all embraced the development of guidelines in the belief that adherence to their recommendations translates into benefits for patients (improved outcomes), practitioners (improved quality of care), and providers (improved cost-effectiveness).4

  • Martin B Van Der Weyden

  • The Medical Journal of Australia, Strawberry Hills, NSW.

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