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What are Practice Guidelines?

Clinical practice guidelines are recommendations on how to accurately diagnose and treat a medical condition. They are mainly written for doctors, but also for nurses and other health care professionals.  Clinical practice guidelines summarize the current medical understanding, weighing the benefits and disadvantages of diagnostic procedures and treatments, and give specific recommendations based on this information. They should also provide details regarding the scientific evidence supporting those recommendations.

Clinical practice guidelines should be updated regularly.  Make sure you are using the most current guideline.

AOTA Practice Guidelines @ CGS Library

Ebooks are available through the library catalog by clicking the title. Print books are in the General Collection at the CGS Library and can be checked out and mailed upon request.

Finding Guides in Databases

To search for practice guidelines within our databases, go to our A-Z Database list from the library homepage and select CINAHL:

- The link will take you directly to the database's Advanced Search page.
- Type the topic (such as a condition, symptom, or clinical procedure) into the search box.
- Before clicking "search", scroll down the page to view Advanced Search options.
- In the "Publication Type" box, scroll down the list and select "Practice Guidelines".

Finding Guides Online

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