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Best Practice Guidelines

What are Practice Guidelines?

RNAO defines "Best Practice Guidelines are systematically developed statements/recommendations based on the best evidence to inform clinical and management decision-making for better outcomes for clients".  While WHO defines Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) as "set of evidence-based statements that are developed systematically on topics related to clinical care". Both CPG and BPG are developed to support healthcare professionals when making clinical decisions.

These statements would help you in choosing desirable diagnostic tests or the optimal treatment regimens for specific diagnoses; generally based on the best available evidence.

Some of the selected BPG/CPG are:

National Clinical Guidelines (Qatar)

National Clinical Guidelines are developed and introduced to help standardize; whenever possible, the management and treatment of patients across the Qatari healthcare system, whilst simultaneously optimizing both outcome and resource utilization.

RNAO Best Practice Guideline (Canada)

RNAO has more than 40 BPGs covering nine categories: children and youth; clinical; equity, diversity and inclusion; foundational; health system; healthy work environment; mental health and substance use; older adults; and population health.

CPG Infobase: Clinical Practice Guidelines (Canada)

With more than 1,700 evidence-based clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) and 900 "Choosing Wisely Canada recommendations", you can  ensure you have the most current, evidence-based  guidance. CPGs are developed or endorsed by authoritative medical or health organizations in Canada and curated by CMA Joule.

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence Guidelines (United Kingdom)

Evidence-based recommendations are developed by independent committees, including professionals and lay members, and consulted on by stakeholders.

Guidelines International Network

The GIN international guideline library and registry of guidelines in development, powered by EBSCO, contains guidelines from across the globe in many languages, both published and in development. 


Additional Resources on BPG/CPG guidelines

AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse

A public resource for summaries of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines offered by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

ESMO Guidlines

European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO), a European professional organisation for medical oncology, offers Clinical practice guidleines which help you provide patients with the best care options..


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WHO- International Health Regulations

The International Health Regulations, or IHR (2005), represent an agreement between 196 countries including all WHO Member States to work together for global health security. Through IHR, countries have agreed to build their capacities to detect, assess and report public health events. WHO plays the coordinating role in IHR and, together with its partners, helps countries to build capacities.

Guideline Central

Guideline Central is an evidence-based tool that is current, practical, and easily accessible for healthcare professionals.

ECRI Guidelines Trust

A free clinical practice guideline repository. Please note, you must create an account to use ECRI.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) Clinical Practice Guidelines

These guidelines provide insight and direction on specific diagnostic and treatment modalities in the diagnosis and management of patients. The guidelines cover evidence-based recommendations collected from rigorous systematic review and synthesis of medical literature

Infection Control Guidelines

These guidelines are developed and published by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and are accessible and downloadable.