Assessing guidelines for use in family practice

J Fam Pract. 2001 Nov;50(11):969-73.


With more than 1000 new guidelines produced annually over the past decade, it is impossible for the practicing family physician to determine which ones should be adapted into their clinical practice. The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Ontario Medical Association formed the Guideline Advisory Committee (GAC) in 1997 to assess and disseminate guidelines that would improve the quality and utilization of health care services in the province. Over the past 3 years the GAC has developed a strategy to identify important topics, to rank order guidelines published on these topics based on the quality of their development, and to reformat guidelines as necessary to make them user-friendly for implementation in clinical practice. The GAC is currently assessing a number of strategies to enhance the dissemination of selected guidelines to improve the quality of care delivered in the province.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cost of Illness
  • Education, Medical, Continuing
  • Evidence-Based Medicine / standards*
  • Family Practice / education
  • Family Practice / standards*
  • Family Practice / statistics & numerical data
  • Health Priorities
  • Humans
  • Information Services
  • Internet
  • Morbidity
  • Needs Assessment
  • Ontario / epidemiology
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care
  • Peer Review, Research
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic / standards*
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians' / standards*
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians' / statistics & numerical data
  • Total Quality Management