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Clinical Practice Guidelines: Web resources

Web resources

Government agencies and professional associations that have developed clinical guidelines may include them on their Web sites. The New York Academy of Medicine maintains a list of agencies and organizations as a part of their Evidence-based Medicine Resource Center. The list also has guidelines categorized by subject.

1. Professional Associations

A selective list of nursing and medical associations' Web pages that include guidelines follows:

American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses

Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)

National Kidney Foundation

Registered Nurses Association of Ontario

2. Government Agencies

Examples of government agency pages with guidelines include the following:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (UK National Health Service)

3. National Guideline Clearinghouse

To support the implementation of guidelines, the American Medical Association, the American Association of Health Plans, and the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality collaborated on the development of the National Guideline Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse is now under the sole auspices of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The collection of guidelines is comprehensive and international in scope. Submission guidelines stipulate that the authoring groups belong to a medical specialty association or professional society, government agency at the federal, state, or local level, a public or private organization, or a health care organization or plan. In effect, the Clearinghouse is a "one stop shopping" clinical guideline site.

To locate guidelines, you may choose Basic or Detailed Search screens. Basic Search is ready to use in the Search box in the upper left. The Detailed Search screen displays when you click on Search at the top of the sidebar. Both search options allow you to use the Boolean operators, "and" and "or." Search terms may be truncated using an asterisk (*) so you can include variant endings without entering all the terms in the search box. For example,

neuro*    = neurologic OR neurological OR neuroendocrine

With more complex searches, you may indicate which part of the search you want to be performed first by surrounding the terms in parentheses. Phrases in your search should be enclosed in double quotation marks. For example, "cerebral vascular accident" When you use Basic Search, the search engine looks for the terms anywhere in the descriptive record for the guideline. When you use Detailed Search, you are asked to enter the search terms in a particular field of the record. The search engine retrieves only those guidelines that have your search terms in that field. To review a list of the fields in the guideline record, go to Detail Search help.

In addition to searching, the NGC search engine allows you to collect appropriate guidelines and then compare them. As you find guidelines, add them to "My Collection." When you are finished reviewing search results, click on "Compare Selected Guidelines." The next screen will display a table with the guidelines fields running down the page and the relevant sections from the guideline record running across.

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Web resources

Government agencies and professional associations that have developed clinical guidelines may include them on their Web sites. The New York Academy of Medicine maintains a list of agencies and organizations as a part of their Evidence-based Medicine Resource Center. The list also has guidelines categorized by subject.

1. Professional Associations

A selective list of nursing and medical associations' Web pages that include guidelines follows:

American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses

Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)

National Kidney Foundation

Registered Nurses Association of Ontario

2. Government Agencies

Examples of government agency pages with guidelines include the following:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (UK National Health Service)

3. National Guideline Clearinghouse

To support the implementation of guidelines, the American Medical Association, the American Association of Health Plans, and the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality collaborated on the development of the National Guideline Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse is now under the sole auspices of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The collection of guidelines is comprehensive and international in scope. Submission guidelines stipulate that the authoring groups belong to a medical specialty association or professional society, government agency at the federal, state, or local level, a public or private organization, or a health care organization or plan. In effect, the Clearinghouse is a "one stop shopping" clinical guideline site.

To locate guidelines, you may choose Basic or Detailed Search screens. Basic Search is ready to use in the Search box in the upper left. The Detailed Search screen displays when you click on Search at the top of the sidebar. Both search options allow you to use the Boolean operators, "and" and "or." Search terms may be truncated using an asterisk (*) so you can include variant endings without entering all the terms in the search box. For example,

neuro*    = neurologic OR neurological OR neuroendocrine

With more complex searches, you may indicate which part of the search you want to be performed first by surrounding the terms in parentheses. Phrases in your search should be enclosed in double quotation marks. For example, "cerebral vascular accident" When you use Basic Search, the search engine looks for the terms anywhere in the descriptive record for the guideline. When you use Detailed Search, you are asked to enter the search terms in a particular field of the record. The search engine retrieves only those guidelines that have your search terms in that field. To review a list of the fields in the guideline record, go to Detail Search help.

In addition to searching, the NGC search engine allows you to collect appropriate guidelines and then compare them. As you find guidelines, add them to "My Collection." When you are finished reviewing search results, click on "Compare Selected Guidelines." The next screen will display a table with the guidelines fields running down the page and the relevant sections from the guideline record running across.

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