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An Introduction to Clinical Governance and Patient Safety$
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Elizabeth Haxby, David Hunter, and Siân Jaggar

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199558612

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199558612.001.0001

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Clinical guidelines

Clinical guidelines

Chapter:
(p.95) Chapter 11 Clinical guidelines
Source:
An Introduction to Clinical Governance and Patient Safety
Author(s):

Gillian C Leng

Chris Connell

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199558612.003.0011

A clinical guideline is a document designed to support decisions regarding the diagnosis, care, and treatment of a particular disease or condition. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is one of the best-known guideline-producing organizations in the world, publishing around twenty clinical guidelines each year covering a broad range of topics from perioperative hypothermia to donor breast milk banks. This chapter discusses the structured approach taken by NICE in developing clinical guidelines.

Keywords:   NICE, clinical guidelines, guideline development, healthcare practice

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