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Guidelines can improve process and outcomes of healthcare

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Jeremy Grimshaw, Professor Martin Eccles, Professor Luke ValeORCiD


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Clinical practice guidelines are an increasingly common element of clinical care throughout the world. Such guidelines have the potential to improve the care received by patients by promoting interventions of proven benefit and discouraging ineffective interventions. However, the development and introduction of guidelines are not themselves without costs. in some circumstances, the costs of development and introduction are likely to outweigh their potential benefits. In other circumstances, it may be more efficient to adopt less costly but less effective dissemination and implementation strategies. Local healthcare organisations have relatively few resources for clinical effectiveness activities and policy-makers need to consider how best to use these to maximise benefits

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Author(s): Grimshaw J, Thomas R, Eccles M, MacLennan J, Fraser C, Ramsay C, Vale L

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh

Year: 2003

Volume: 34

Pages: 72-78

Print publication date: 01/01/2003

ISSN (print): 1478-2715

ISSN (electronic): 2042-8189

Publisher: Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh