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Finding Clinical Practice Guidelines

11 September 2018 - 9:23am by Caitlin Meyer

Despite the promise of tools like Quicksearch and the breadth of massive databases like Scopus, certain types of information simply cannot be found in one place. No need to fret, though! We've got you covered. This series of blog posts will serve as a home of recommended resources and searching tips for hard-to-find types of information. Have a suggestion for a subject? Shoot me an email

Written by Alexandria Brackett & Melissa Funaro

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) defines clinical practice guidelines as "statements that include recommendations intended to optimize patient care that are informed by a systematic review of evidence and an assessment of the benefits and harms of alternative care options. Access to such concise, evidence-based information stands to improve patient outcomes while decreasing time spent researching. Currently, there isn't one place to find all guidelines but read on for several resources available to you at Yale that make guidelines available.

Recommended Resources

  • ClinicalKey
    Select "Guidelines" in the "Browse" menu. In the search box type known topic or guideline. Also, search for specialty guidelines using the "Filter By" option.
  • DynaMed Plus
    Search for your topic. If applicable, "Guidelines and Resources" will be listed in the left menu. Guidelines are pulled from national and international organizations.
  • UpToDate
    Search for your topic. If applicable, "Society Guideline Links" will be listed in the left menu. Guidelines are pulled from national and international organizations.
  • PubMed
    Search for your topic. On the left-hand side of the page, under "Article types", click "Customize" and select "Guideline" and "Practice Guideline" and click "Show". Now, choose "Guideline" and "Practice Guideline" to limit your search.
  • ECRI Guidelines Trust
    A publicly available web-based repository of objective, evidence-based clinical practice guideline content developed by nationally and internationally recognized medical organizations and medical specialty societies. [register for a free account to access]

Tips & Tricks

  • Currency and accuracy
    There are a lot of guidelines out there. Make sure you are using the most current guideline and that the guideline you use is a systematic review of the evidence developed by a panel of experts.
  • Guidelines are not universally accepted
    Difference institutions use different guidelines. Make sure to use the guideline accepted at your institution..

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