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Welcome to eGuidelines, the online edition of Guidelines. Guidelines is the three-times yearly handbook summarising clinical guidelines for primary and shared care. Our aim is to provide those involved in developing and implementing practice or locality guidelines with a valuable reference source in a convenient, easy-to-use format. Due to the continual development and revision of national guidelines, Guidelines is updated throughout the year.
Guidelines in Practice and Guidelines are highlighted as useful reading in the National Prescribing Centre (NPC) document Improving Quality in Primary Care. The handbook has been developed for PCG/PCT and HA pharmacists as well as for "a wide range of health professionals to help them incorporate prescribing and medicines management in clinical governance".
About the summaries
National and European clinical guidelines, developed by clinicians and sponsored by the relevant independent professional bodies, are summarised and included within Guidelines free of charge.
Systematic reviews and guidelines released by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence or the Department of Health are highlighted in blue ().
National guidelines produced by independent professional bodies are highlighted in green().
There are a number of areas not covered by the NICE and independent professional body guidelines. Consideration also needs to be given to the place of newer interventions omitted from national guidelines not recently revised and updated. For these reasons, summaries of working party guidelines are also included within Guidelines. These guidelines are highlighted in yellow (). They are required to meet the following criteria:
- They must be drawn up by a multidisciplinary group including at least one general practitioner
- The members of the group should be drawn from several geographical locations
- The content of the guidelines must be independent of and not influenced by commercial sponsorship of the working party.
Where a guideline is currently under review this is indicated in the title as a dagger ().
We hope that you find eGuidelines of help when drawing up your local guidelines, recommendations and policies, and look forward to receiving your feedback as to how the website may be further developed to meet your needs.