An Introduction to Clinical Practice Guidelines – What They Are and Why You Should Care

clinical practice guidelines

Clinical practice guidelines are essentially the Wikipedia of the medical world and are important to students for a number of reasons:

  1. Guidelines save you time, by saving you from reviewing thousands of articles
  2. Guidelines can help you study and perform well on clinical rotations
  3. Guidelines are important for CME/keeping up your license
  4. Guidelines help protect you from litigation and may be tied to reimbursement

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