Development of clinical practice guidelines

Steven D. Hollon*, Patricia A. Aréan, Michelle G. Craske, Kermit A. Crawford, Daniel R. Kivlahan, Jeffrey J. Magnavita, Thomas H. Ollendick, Thomas L. Sexton, Bonnie Spring, Lynn F. Bufka, Daniel I. Galper, Howard Kurtzman

*Corresponding author for this work

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Clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) are intended to improve mental, behavioral, and physical health by promoting clinical practices that are based on the best available evidence. The American Psychological Association (APA) is committed to generating patient-focused CPGs that are scientifically sound, clinically useful, and ormative for psychologists, other health professionals, training programs, policy makers, and the public. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) 2011 standards for generating CPGs represent current best practices in the field. These standards involve multidisciplinary guideline development panels charged with generating recommendations based on comprehensive systematic reviews of the evidence. The IOM standards will guide the APA as it generates CPGs that can be used to orm the general public and the practice community regarding the benefits and harms of various treatment options. CPG recommendations are advisory rather than compulsory. When used appropriately, high-quality guidelines can facilitate shared decision making and identify gaps in knowledge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-241
Number of pages29
JournalAnnual Review of Clinical Psychology
StatePublished - Mar 2014


  • Analytic framework (scoping)
  • Clinical practice guidelines
  • Conflict of interest
  • Guideline development panels
  • PICOTS questions
  • Systematic reviews
  • Transparency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology


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