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Applied Evidence Based Medicine


  • Understand what clinical practice guidelines are and where to find them
  • Be aware of resources for comparing and appraising guidelines

What are Clinical Practice Guidelines?

A clinical practice guideline is "a formal statement about a defined task or function in clinical practice, such as desirable diagnostic tests or the optimal treatment regimen for a specific diagnosis; generally based on the best available evidence (e.g. randomized controlled trials that have been assessed by a Cochrane collaborating group)".

Stedman TL. Stedman’s medical dictionary. 7th illust. ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; Clinical practice guideline; p.347.

Where to Find Guidelines


Alberta and Canada


Resources for Understanding and Appraising Guidelines