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

Martin B Van Der Weyden
Med J Aust 2002; 176 (7): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2002.tb04428.x
Published online: 1 April 2002

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

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