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Publication Type English:   Practice Guideline 
Publication Type Spanish:   Guía de Práctica Clínica 
Publication Type Portuguese:   Guia de Prática Clínica 
Synonyms English:   Clinical Practice Guideline  
Tree Number:   V02.515.500
Definition English:   Work consisting of a set of directions or principles to assist the health care practitioner with patient care decisions about appropriate diagnostic, therapeutic, or other clinical procedures for specific clinical circumstances. Practice guidelines may be developed by government agencies at any level, institutions, organizations such as professional societies or governing boards, or by the convening of expert panels. They can provide a foundation for assessing and evaluating the quality and effectiveness of health care in terms of measuring improved health, reduction of variation in services or procedures performed, and reduction of variation in outcomes of health care delivered. 
Indexing Annotation English:   this heading is used as a Publication Type; for original specific guidelines related to healthcare; a different heading PRACTICE GUIDELINES AS TOPIC is used for general design, methodology, economics, etc of practice guidelines
History Note English:   2008(1992) 
Record Number:   30291 
Unique Identifier:   D017065 

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