Clinical Practice Guidelines as a Tool for Improving Patient Care

Jako Burgers*, T.D. van der Weijden, Richard Grol

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Clinical practice guidelines are tools for translating research findings and new insights into clinical practice in order to improve quality of care. Guidelines are preferably developed within a structured and coordinated program with methodological support from an organization or research institute experienced in guideline development. In view of acceptance and implementation, it is important that the organization that coordinates the guideline development process follows a clear procedure. Developing evidence-based guidelines involves several steps, each of which needs to consider implementation. An analysis of problems that need to be addressed by the clinical guideline and the formulation of specific questions reflecting the problems in practice should lead to a product that professionals are eager to use in daily practice. Further, involving all relevant disciplines and patients in the guideline development process creates broad support and encourages the use of the guideline.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationImproving Patient Care
Subtitle of host publicationThe Implementation of Change in Health Care
EditorsMichel Wensing, Richard Grol, Jeremy Grimshaw
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons Inc.
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9781119488620
ISBN (Print)9781119488590
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2020


  • Clinical practice guidelines
  • Effective guideline programs
  • Evidence-based guidelines
  • Guideline development programs
  • Patient care

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