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Introduction: Clinical Practice Guidelines

Introduction: Clinical Practice Guidelines

Prof. Mary Ferrill gives a brief introduction to clinical practice guidelines (CPG) and the learning objectives for this lesson.

To begin with, it is very important for us to be able to understand what clinical practice guidelines tell us, what they don’t tell us, and how to interpret them in our literature evaluation.

According to the flow diagram, we can know the steps forming CPGs, including literature review, CPG creation, CPG Dissemination, and CPG in use in a healthcare organization.

What are CPGs? They contain recommendations, algorithms, and help clinicians determine optimal treatment approaches for specific disease states. They are designed to apply to MOST patients in MOST situations, but they are NOT MEANT to be a lock-step approach to treatment.

Besides, we need to know 4 terminologies, including Consensus Statements, Executive Summary, Updates to CPGs, and Position or Summary Statements.

Finally, there some benefits and barriers of CPGs. Have you faced any problem with CPGs in your work? Please share it below.

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Evidence-Based Medicine in Clinical Pharmacy Practice

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