Clinical Practice Guidelines: The Need for Improved Implementation Strategies
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Although substantial resources have been spent developing clinical practice guidelines, little effort has been made to evaluate the effectiveness of their implementation. In the absence of effective implementation, CPGs will have minimal impact on changing behaviours. This article critically reviews the literature and identifies a number of reasons why these guidelines have not been implemented successfully. If CPGs are to have a positive impact upon clinical behaviour and practice, then more aggressive and positive implementation strategies are indicated. Five key ingredients for successful implementation of quality CPGs are identified and recommended.
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