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Do clinical guidelines enhance safe practice in obstetrics and gynaecology?

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Robbie Foy


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Clinical guidelines are increasingly used to promote a more uniform standard of high-quality evidence-based health care. International agencies advocate guideline development methods founded on three principles: that recommendations are evidence-based, are explicitly linked to the type and quality of evidence, and are developed by multidisciplinary stakeholder groups. Numerous interventions have been described to support the implementation of guidelines. Systematic reviews suggest that most interventions produce modest to moderate improvements in care; multifaceted interventions appear to be no more effective than single interventions, and the lowest-cost implementation strategy (dissemination of printed materials) may improve care and be feasible in many settings. Given the considerable costs of developing valid guidelines de novo, we advocate local adaptation of existing guidelines if available. We suggest a pragmatic framework to assist policy-makers and clinicians in deciding how best to use the scarce resources available for quality-improvement activities. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Penney G, Foy R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Best Practice and Research: Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Year: 2007

Volume: 21

Issue: 4

Pages: 657-673

ISSN (print): 1521-6934

ISSN (electronic): 1532-1932

Publisher: Bailliere Tindall


DOI: 10.1016/j.bpobgyn.2007.01.014

PubMed id: 17418642


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