Implementing guidelines

Amy Cheung, Paula Whitty, Martin P. Eccles and Jeremy Grimshaw

in Oxford Textbook of Community Mental Health

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ISBN: 9780199565498
Published online July 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199640478 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Implementing guidelines

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According to the Institute of Medicine, ‘Clinical practice guidelines are systematically developed statements to assist practitioner and patient decisions about appropriate health care for specific clinical circumstances.’ (Institute of Medicine, 1990). Guidelines provide a synthesis of what is known about a specific disorder or set of disorders whether it is regarding screening, diagnosis, or management. Compared to systematic reviews, they provide a broad overview of the management of a disorder or of an intervention.

This chapter will describe how mental health professionals and organizations can follow the steps to implement guidelines to improve clinical care. Resources to assist in this process are also listed at the end of the chapter in the appendix.

Chapter.  5860 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Psychiatry

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