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Book and Media Reviews
December 6, 2006

Psychiatry

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Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;296(21):2620-2625. doi:10.1001/jama.296.21.2620

What do we know about practice guidelines? Defined as “a set of patient care strategies developed to assist physicians in clinical decision making” (p ix), practice guidelines at their best can provide useful, clinically relevant, and evidence-based summaries of how to help patients. However, we know that development and aftercare of guidelines need careful attention,1 that they can become out-dated,2 that financial conflicts of interest in their development can be a problem,3 and that there are pitfalls in attempting to convert them into quality measures.4

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