Practice guidelines: What are internists looking for?

Robert S.A. Hayward, Mark C. Wilson, Sean R. Tunis, Gordon H. Guyatt, Karen Ann Moore, Eric B. Bass

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To determine features of the presentation of clinical practice guidelines that may enhance their use by internists, we conducted a cross-sectional survey to which 1,513 (60%) of 2,513 eligible internists responded. Endorsements by respected colleagues and by major organizations were identified as very important by 72% and 69% of respondents, respectively. Respondents preferred short pamphlets and manuals summarizing a number of guidelines and felt that concise recommendations (86%), synopsis of supporting evidence (85%), and quantification of benefit (77%) were important in guideline presentation. We conclude that guideline developers should gain the endorsement of major organizations and present key aspects in brief, easily assimilated formats.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)176-178
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of general internal medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1996


  • attitudes
  • knowledge
  • practice
  • practice guidelines
  • survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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