Rigorous Development Does Not Ensure That Guidelines are Acceptable
to a Panel of Knowledgeable Providers
J Gen Intern Med. 2008 (Jan); 23 (1): 37–44
Despite very rigorous development methods compared with guidelines assessed in prior studies, experts felt that these guidelines omitted common clinical situations and contained much content of uncertain validity. Guideline acceptability should be independently and formally evaluated before dissemination.
Evaluation of Clinical Practice Guidelines in Chiropractic Care:
A Comparison of North American Guideline Reports
Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Assoc 2001 (Sep); 45 (3): 141–153 ~ FULL TEXT
In the past two decades, clinical guidelines have become practical tools that assist clinicians, policy makers and insurers make informed decisions about the clinical and administrative management of patients. The popularity of these tools has increased so rapidly that clinicians now face the dilemma of having to choose from a plethora of documents of varying quality that were developed by various scientific, professional, political and commercial parties. In this context, a key challenge for the users of clinical practice guidelines is to determine whether their recommendations are valid, useful, based on the best available evidence and developed with sound scientific methodology.
Evidence-based Clinical Guidelines Submitted to the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council for the Management of Acute Low Back Pain: A Critical Review
J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2001 (Feb); 24 (2): 131–139 ~ FULL TEXT
Moves are afoot in Australia to publish Evidence-Based Clinical Guidelines for the Management of Acute Low Back Pain.1 A draft has been prepared by Professor Nikolai Bogduk of the University of Newcastle and the Newcastle Bone and Joint Institute, New South Wales. Bogduk has made a gallant attempt to address the issue of acute low back pain, but the document is seriously flawed in many respects. This is surprising and alarming, given the author's prominence in the international spine community. You might also want to read additional comments on this document made by Anthony L. Rosner, PhD, research director for FCER.
Evaluating the Quality of Clinical Practice Guidelines
J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2001 (Mar); 24 (3): 170–176
The literature reviewed suggests that professional organizations or groups should undertake a critical review of guidelines using available critical guideline appraisal tools. Guideline validity appraisal should be done before acceptance by the chiropractic profession. To avoid unwarranted utilization of poorly constructed guidelines, it is strongly recommended that all future guidelines be reviewed for validity and scientific accuracy with the findings published in a medically indexed journal before they are adopted by the chiropractic community.
Developing Clinical Guidelines
British Medical Journal 1999 (Feb 27); 318: 593–596 ~ FULL TEXT
The methods of guideline development should ensure that treating patients according to the guidelines will achieve the outcomes that are desired. This article presents a combination of the literature about guideline development and the results of our combined experience in guideline development in North America and Britain. It considers the five steps in the initial development of an evidence based guideline
Chiropractic Care for Common Industrial Low Back Conditions
Chiropractic Technique 1993 (Aug); 5 (3): 119–125 ~ FULL TEXT
This is the first guideline I have seen which actually states the number of visits which may be appropriate for a variety of common low back conditions. I have used these "care
plans" for years, presenting them to third party's as a "working diagnosis" care plan, which need ongoing "fine tuning" during patient care. Check out this Chiropractic Technique article, and the attached care plans, which have been released exclusively to Chiro.Org by the National College of Chiropractic. Thanks, Dana!
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