Consistent Definitions of Clinical Practice Guidelines, Consensus Statements, Position Statements, and Practice Alerts

Girish P. Joshi*, Honorio T. Benzon, Tong J. Gan, Thomas R. Vetter

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

An evidence-based approach to clinical decision-making for optimizing patient care is desirable because it promotes quality of care, improves patient safety, decreases medical errors, and reduces health care costs. Clinical practice recommendations are systematically developed documents regarding best practice for specific clinical management issues, which can assist care providers in their clinical decision-making. However, there is currently wide variation in the terminology used for such clinical practice recommendations. The aim of this article is to provide guidance to authors, reviewers, and editors on the definitions of terms commonly used for clinical practice recommendations. This is intended to improve transparency and clarity regarding the definitions of these terminologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1767-1770
Number of pages4
JournalAnesthesia and analgesia
Volume129
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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