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EDUCATION
Year : 2001  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 201-206

Clinical practice guidelines in patient management


Department of Urology, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry, India

Correspondence Address:
Santosh Kumar
Department of Urology, JIPMER, Pondicherry - 605 006
India
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Efforts have always been made to evolve certain prin­ciples to reduce the variability in the management of patients and make medical care more appropriate. These efforts have become almost a movement since 1980s as evidenced in the development of clinical practice guide­lines in all medical disciplines. This article describes the need for clinical practice guidelines and their de­velopment methods and qualities. Advantages and limi­tations of clinical practice guidelines are enumerated. The salient features of various available clinical prac­tice guidelines in urology are also described.


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