Methodologic standards for interpreting clinical decision rules in emergency medicine: 2014 update

Ann Emerg Med. 2014 Sep;64(3):286-91. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2014.01.016. Epub 2014 Feb 13.


Clinical decision rules are increasingly prominent in medicine, particularly in emergency care. The quality, use, and impact of current published decision rules widely vary, requiring clinicians to be critical consumers. We present an approach to assist in the appraisal of clinical decision rules and in judging when to use such rules.

MeSH terms

  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Decision Support Techniques*
  • Emergency Medical Services / standards
  • Emergency Medicine / standards*
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Humans