Intensive Care Medicine

, Volume 41, Issue 7, pp 1340–1342 | Cite as

Ten things you should consider before you believe a clinical practice guideline

  • R. JaeschkeEmail author
  • G. H. Guyatt
  • H. Schünemann
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Whenever somebody, particular any one in authority, provides guidance to somebody else, a recommendation is born. Similarly, when an authoritative group issues a number of recommendations at one time, healthcare providers are presented with new Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs). CPGs are defined today by World Health Organization as “recommendations intended to assist providers and recipients of health care and other stakeholders to make informed decisions” have been with us from the beginning of medicine. If you were to read a 30-year-old medical textbook, you would see, in essence, a description of facts accompanied by a multitude of recommendations. Although it cannot be said that these textbooks are CPGs, they do provide the essential function of CPGs.

The clinician of today is confronted with multiple documents entitled CPGs. In this context, the editors of Intensive Care Medicineasked us to prepare an editorial addressing choice of the best guidelines. Considering this we...


Clinical Practice Guideline Survive Sepsis Campaign Strong Recommendation Decisive Balance Weak Recommendation 
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Conflicts of interest

All authors write, travel, and gain academic recognition through the promotion of ideas expressed in this manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departments of Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology and BiostatisticsMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada

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