Practice guidelines. What are internists looking for?

J Gen Intern Med. 1996 Mar;11(3):176-8. doi: 10.1007/BF02600272.


To determine features of the presentation of clinical practice guidelines that may enhance their use by internists, we conducted a cross-sectional survey to which 1,513 (60%) of 2,513 eligible internists responded. Endorsements by respected colleagues and by major organizations were identified as very important by 72% and 69% of respondents, respectively. Respondents preferred short pamphlets and manuals summarizing a number of guidelines and felt that concise recommendations (86%), synopsis of supporting evidence (85%), and quantification of benefit (77%) were important in guideline presentation. We conclude that guideline developers should gain the endorsement of major organizations and present key aspects in brief, easily assimilated formats.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Humans
  • Internal Medicine / standards*
  • Internal Medicine / statistics & numerical data
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic / standards*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States