Clinical Practice Guidelines

Clinical Practice Guidelines have been developed to aid the practitioner in clinical decision-making for specific circumstances. Guidelines describe appropriate clinical care procedures and processes based on the best available scientific and peer-reviewed evidence and wide-ranging consensus—the main source for evidence-based care. The goal of evidence–based care is to support quality of care and consistency in healthcare delivery.

National Guideline Clearinghouse (AHRQ) found at, is a website containing recognized clinical practice guidelines developed by professional specialty groups or federally funded research. You can search subjects linked to particular terminology used in classifications for diseases and treatments.

The United States Preventive Service Task Force (USPSTF) is a website containing recommendations for preventive health care services in primary care developed through scientific evidence reviews of clinical research. These recommendations can be found via or

Additionally, many professional organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics ( or the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (, and the American College of Physicians ( develop clinical practice guidelines specific to their area of medical specialty.

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Clinical Practice Guidelines for Asthma (.pdf)

American Association of Community Psychiatrists: Clinical Tips Series

Guidelines for Adolescent Depression in Primary Care