Author Affiliations: Toronto Hospital (Dr Naglie); Toronto Health Economics and Technology Assessment Collaborative, Toronto General Research Institute, and University of Toronto (Dr Krahn), Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) are systematically developed statements to assist both patient and practitioner decisions. A fixture of modern medical care, guidelines link the practice of medicine more closely to the body of underlying evidence, shift the burden of evidence review from the individual practitioner to experts, and aim to improve the quality of care.1
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