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Resources for Answering Clinical Questions: Finding guidelines

Clinical evidence based practice resources

How to find Guidelines

Medical guidelines, also known as Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) or Practice Guidelines are systematically researched statements to help health professionals make decisions about a variety of health care conditions. These are produced by various health-care organisations and professional bodies at local, state and national levels.

Australian guidelines can be located in the Guidelines International Network (GIN) Library, alongside CPGs from many international bodies. Australian Guidelines published prior to 2022 can also be located on the Australian Clinical Practice Guidelines portal (new guidelines no longer being added to this site).

There are also international guidelines such as the USA National Guideline Clearinghouse   and the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence .

Think about which professional association, government department or even global organisation eg World Health Organisation is likely to produce guidelines on your topic and search through their websites. For example the  Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Clinical Guidelines produces clinical guidelines on a wide variety of topics to assist GP’s in their work.

Currently there is no one search engine that searches for all guidelines at once however if you do a Google search using your research topic keywords + the terms Clinical Guidelines, Practice Guidelines or Guidelines, this will get you started.

Finding Guidelines in UWA Library Databases

In many of the UWA Library Health and Medical Sciences databases such as Medline, CINAHL Plus, or ClinicalKey you can often limit your search to practice guidelines. Search for your topic and then look for a "Limit" called practice guidelines, clinical guidelines or guidelines. There may also be a relevant option under “Publication Types”.

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