Finding and evaluating clinical practice guidelines

Nurse Pract. 2001 Sep;26(9):30, 33-4, 39 passim; quiz 47-9. doi: 10.1097/00006205-200109000-00003.


Clinical practice guidelines are valuable, clinical decision-making aids for preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic, and palliative patient care. This article identifies ways to access clinical practice guidelines and discusses evaluative criteria for identifying gold-standard evidence-based practice guidelines. Finally, clinicians are reminded of crucial questions to ask before applying any guidelines to patient care.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Databases, Factual
  • Evidence-Based Medicine*
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic / standards*