Clinical practice guidelines in patient management
Department of Urology, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry, India
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.