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Advancing clinical practice and policy through guidelines: the role of the American Thoracic Society.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23392437     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In the face of an overwhelmingly large and growing medical literature, providers often turn to clinical practice guidelines to inform the decisions they make with patients. By systematically appraising the evidence and providing transparent recommendations for practice, guidelines have the potential to improve both bedside decision-making and health policy. This potential has not been fully realized because most guidelines lack transparency, are tainted by conflicts of interest, or fail to employ rigorous methods to appraise the evidence. To address the shortcomings of past guidelines, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) published recommendations for trustworthy guidelines, effectively setting the "gold standard" for what constitutes a high-quality guideline. Along with many other groups that develop guidelines, the American Thoracic Society (ATS) is rapidly evolving processes for development and implementation to meet many of the IOM standards. This Pulmonary Perspective describes the rapidly changing landscape of clinical practice guidelines, the role of the ATS in this landscape, and the activities the ATS is engaged in to ensure that the guidelines it produces are of the highest quality with the broadest impact.
Colin R Cooke; Michael K Gould
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine     Volume:  187     ISSN:  1535-4970     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med.     Publication Date:  2013 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-05-02     Completed Date:  2013-06-27     Revised Date:  2014-05-07    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9421642     Medline TA:  Am J Respir Crit Care Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  910-4     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Decision Making
Evidence-Based Medicine / standards*
Institute of Medicine (U.S.)
Practice Guidelines as Topic / standards*
Pulmonary Medicine / methods,  standards*
Societies, Medical
United States

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