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Clinical guidelines and patient related outcomes: summary of evidence and recommendations

Clinical guidelines and patient related outcomes: summary of evidence and recommendations Good medical practice, evidence-based medicine (EBM) and clinical practice guidelines (CPG) have been recurring subjects in the scientific literature. EBM advocates argue that good medical practice should be guided by evidence-based CPG. On the other hand, critical authors of EBM methodology argue that various interests undermine the quality of evidence and reliability of CPG recommendations. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate patient related outcomes of CPG implementation, in light of EBM critics.Design/methodology/approachThe authors opted for a rapid literature review.FindingsThere are few studies evaluating the effectiveness of CPG in patient-related outcomes. The systematic reviews found are not conclusive, although they suggest a positive impact of CPGs in relevant outcomes.Research limitations/implicationsThis work was not a systematic review of literature, which is its main limitation. On the other hand, arguments from EBM and CPG critics were considered, and thus it can enlighten health institutions to recognize the caveats and to establish policies toward care improvement.Originality/valueThe paper is the first of its kind to discuss, based on the published literature, next steps toward better health practice, while acknowledging the caveats of this process. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Health Governance Emerald Publishing

Clinical guidelines and patient related outcomes: summary of evidence and recommendations

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
2059-4631
DOI
10.1108/ijhg-12-2018-0073
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Abstract

Good medical practice, evidence-based medicine (EBM) and clinical practice guidelines (CPG) have been recurring subjects in the scientific literature. EBM advocates argue that good medical practice should be guided by evidence-based CPG. On the other hand, critical authors of EBM methodology argue that various interests undermine the quality of evidence and reliability of CPG recommendations. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate patient related outcomes of CPG implementation, in light of EBM critics.Design/methodology/approachThe authors opted for a rapid literature review.FindingsThere are few studies evaluating the effectiveness of CPG in patient-related outcomes. The systematic reviews found are not conclusive, although they suggest a positive impact of CPGs in relevant outcomes.Research limitations/implicationsThis work was not a systematic review of literature, which is its main limitation. On the other hand, arguments from EBM and CPG critics were considered, and thus it can enlighten health institutions to recognize the caveats and to establish policies toward care improvement.Originality/valueThe paper is the first of its kind to discuss, based on the published literature, next steps toward better health practice, while acknowledging the caveats of this process.

Journal

International Journal of Health GovernanceEmerald Publishing

Published: Aug 1, 2019

Keywords: Outcomes; Evidence-based practice; Health care quality; Quality

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