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August 10, 2005

Adding Value to Evidence-Based Clinical Guidelines

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: HealthPartners Research Foundation, Minneapolis, Minn.

JAMA. 2005;294(6):741-743. doi:10.1001/jama.294.6.741

Clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) are widely viewed as a cornerstone of current efforts to improve the quality of clinical care.1,2 At their best, CPGs articulate clear goals of care, enumerate potentially beneficial therapeutic approaches, and may reduce undesirable variation in care while supporting rational clinical management of common conditions. Clinical recommendations are often supported by evidence from well-designed randomized trials when such information is available.3