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Clinical Practice Guidelines

Guidelines are usually developed by professional groups, government agencies, or expert panels and include statements designed to assist practitioner and patient decisions. 

According to the Institute of Medicine* (2011) "Clinical Practice Guidelines are statements that include recommendations intended to optimize patient care that are informed by a systematic review of evidence and an assessment of the benefits and harms of alternative care options."  (IOM*, 2011).

Not all practice guidelines are evidence based. Look for information about the methodology or the group that created the guideline.

*IOM is now known as the National Academy of Medicine

Institute of Medicine (2011). Clinical practice guidelines we can trust. The National Academies Press.


Some sources of Evidence Based Practice guidelines:


Selected United States guidelines:


Selected international guidelines:


Search for guidelines in nursing and medical databases: