Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) are "systematically developed statements
to assist practitioners and patient decisions about appropriate
health care for specific circumstances" (Field and Lohr, 1990, p. 38).
CPGs are typically created by health organizations (e.g., American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, American Stroke Association) and focus on a specific topic (e.g., a disease, condition, or treatment).
They are created using a rigorous methodology that considers the best available scientific evidence. Their ultimate purpose is to help health professionals make appropriate decisions regarding care.
Field MJ, Lohr KN (Eds). Clinical Practice Guidelines:
Directions for a New Program, Institute of Medicine,
Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1990.
BC Guidelines are clinical practice guidelines and protocols that provide recommendations to B.C. practitioners on delivering high quality, appropriate care to patients with specific clinical conditions or diseases
Canadian Paediatric Society position statements and practice points have clinical guidance and policy recommendations for paediatricians, family physicians, nurses, government officials and others. They also include links to other relevant documents and resources, including information for parents
The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (CTFPHC) appraises guidelines produced by other organizations as a complement to the production of CTFPHC clinical practice guidelines. The focus of the critical appraisal is on the quality of the methods used, with a commentary section that outlines some points for primary care practitioners to consider should they choose to implement the recommendations
The Clinical Practice Guidelines have been prepared by Health Canada's First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB) for use by community health nurses employed by Health Canada providing primary care in isolated, semi-isolated, and remote First Nations communities
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