Revista Cubana de Ortopedia y Traumatología
versão On-line ISSN 1561-3100
HERNANDEZ RODRIGUEZ, Antonio Raunel. Clinical practice guidelines in medical care. Rev Cubana Ortop Traumatol [online]. 2008, vol.22, n.2, pp. 0-0. ISSN 1561-3100.
The clinical practice guidelines are aimed at professionals and patients to provide necessary information for decision-making about health interventions. Their origin is related to the fundamentals of the evidence-based medicine and their preparation is intended to reduce variability of medical practice to assure optimal quality and to improve health care. These guidelines are based on systematic reviews of available scientific literature and make recommendations about the clinical performance according to the underlying evidence. This paper, together with the scientific knowledge, determined other elements where the clinical practice guidelines are influential during clinics. The importance of these guidelines on the professional formation and the need for focussing efforts in the preparation of good quality guidelines at national level to contribute to the improvement of medical care were commented on.
Palavras-chave : Clinical practice guidelines; scientific evidence; evidence-based medicine.