Two New Reports from the Institute of Medicine

The Institute of Medicine released two reports today:

  1. Clinical Practice Guidelines We Can Trust
  2. Finding What Works in Health Care: Standards for Systematic Reviews.

Clinical Practice Guidelines We Can Trust outlines eight standards for evaluating clinical practice guidelines that were developed by the Institute of Medicine, following a request by the U.S. Congress through the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008.  According to the report, it is important that clinical practice guideline users be able to judge the quality of guideline in order to improve patient care.  The standards in Clinical Practice Guidelines We Can Trust state that clinical practice guidelines should be evaluated by: (1) Establishing transparency, (2) Management of conflict of interest, (3) Guideline development group composition, (4) Clinical practice guideline—systematic review intersection, (5) Establishing evidence foundations for and rating strength of recommendations, (6) Articulation of recommendations, (7) External review, and (8) Updating.  View the full report or the report brief.  

Finding What Works in Health Care: Standards for Systematic Reviews provides guidelines for conducting systematic reviews, as requested by the Medicare Improvement for Patients Act of 2008.  The report outlines standards for initiating a systematic review, finding and assessing individual studies, synthesizing the body of evidence, and reporting systematic reviews.  The goal of the report is to ensure the quality of systematic reviews and therefore improve the decision-making abilities of healthcare providers. View the full report or the report brief.

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