Clinical Practice Guidelines
What are Clinical Practice Guidelines?
The IOM (2011) defined clinical practice guidelines as “statements that include recommendations intended to optimize patient care that are informed by a systematic review of evidence and an assessment of the benefits and harms of alternative care options.” The foundation of the CPG is a systematic review of the evidence of a condition. The process has a major focus on the strength of the evidence by which clinical decision-making for that condition is based. The Guideline also includes a set of recommendations, based on the evidence and value judgments regarding benefits and harms of alternative care options to address patient management.
How Does a Clinical Practice Guideline Differ from a Systematic Evidence Review?
In 2011, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) defined a systematic evidence review as “a scientific investigation that focuses on a specific question and uses explicit, prespecified scientific methods to identify, select, assess, and summarize the findings of similar but separate studies. It may include a quantitative synthesis (meta-analysis), depending on the available data.” Systematic evidence reviews of comparative effectiveness research to learn what is known and not known about the potential benefits and harms of alternative drugs, devices, and other healthcare services provides the best evidence to inform clinical decisions.
We are pleased to make available an inital draft of the Women’s Health and Orthopaedic Section’s ICF-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines on Pelvic Girdle Pain in the Antepartum Population – Practice Guideline for Review (.pdf). Our proposed clinical practice guidelines utilize feedback from numerous reviewers, including several Section members, as they were being created. The authors of this most recent clinical practice guideline invite you to contribute your feedback (Feedback Form .doc). After you read this clinical guideline, please utilize our on-line survey to provide your feedback.
Feel free to forward/share this information with colleagues of yours who may also wish to review this guideline.
For your files, you may click on the following links to download Guest Editorials as well as the following published guidelines:
Coming Soon: Future guideline adoption and publications
This antepartum pelvic girdle pain guideline will be submitting for publication in the Journal on Women’s Health, and Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy in the spring of 2015.
Your assistance with reviewing and providing feedback on the above guideline, and future clinical guidelines is appreciated.
Susan C. Clinton PT DScPT OCS WCS COMT FAAOMPT
Clinical Practice Guidelines Steering Committee Chair
Section on Women’s Health, APTA, Inc.