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Basic Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice Resources

Clinical Practice Guidelines

  • Guidelines are systematically developed statements of appropriate care designed to assist the practitioner and patient make decisions about appropriate health care for specific clinical circumstances.
  • Guidelines from reputable, authoritative organizations are usually based on the most current, relevant research, but ...
  • Guidelines are developed using widely varying standards. Cost may be considered as well as health outcomes.
  • Professional specialty organizations and associations are often good resources for evidence-based practice guidelines. Ex. AWHONN.
  • Locate clinical practice guidelines using:
    • ECRI Guidelines Trust
      ECRI Guidelines Trust has replaced the National Guideline Clearinghouse, which was was disabled on July 16, 2018 due to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) inability to continue its funding. For details on what the new site includes see their FAQ page.
    • PubMed | Search Tips
      Hint: you can limit to Publication Types: Practice Guidelines
    • CINAHL Plus  Search Tips
      Hint: you can limit to Publication Types: Practice Guidelines
    • Clinical Key
      Clinical Key is an online medical information service containing full-text reference books, guidelines, full-text journals, patient information, and drug information.
    • AccessMedicine
      Current Practice Guidelines in Primary Care (2018)  includes guidelines on disease diagnosis, prevention, and management.
    • Best Practice Information Sheets
      Joanna Briggs Institute. Guidelines produced specifically for practicing health professionals and based on the best available international research evidence as reported in systematic reviews.
    • Web search engines or subject directories
    • Remember to evaluate anything you locate on the web using the Criteria for Evaluating Web Sites.
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