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National Guideline Clearinghouse Announces Revised Criteria for Inclusion of Clinical Practice Guidelines

On June 3, AHRQ’s National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) announced its revised criteria for inclusion of clinical practice guidelines. The new criteria reflect the Institute of Medicine’s definition of a clinical practice guideline provided in its 2011 standards-setting publication, Clinical Practice Guidelines We Can Trust. The two main changes to the NGC inclusion criteria are that the guideline:

  1. Be based on a systematic review of the evidence, through a literature review that summarizes evidence by identifying, selecting, assessing, and synthesizing the findings of similar but separate studies
  2. Contains an assessment of the benefits and harms of the recommended care and alternative care options.

The revised criteria will become effective June 2014.

Select to access more information:  http://www.guideline.gov/about/inclusion-criteria.aspx on NGC’s revised criteria and its mission. Select for frequently asked questions: http://www.guideline.gov/faq.aspx#Inclusion about the new inclusion criteria or to compare clinical practice guidelines and other related information:  http://www.guideline.gov/index.aspx.

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