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Implementing guidelines 

Implementing guidelines
Implementing guidelines
Oxford Textbook of Community Mental Health

Amy Cheung

, Paula Whitty

, Martin P. Eccles

, and Jeremy Grimshaw


According to the Institute of Medicine, ‘Clinical practice guidelines are systematically developed statements to assist practitioner and patient decisions about appropriate health care for specific clinical circumstances.’ (Institute of Medicine, 1990). Guidelines provide a synthesis of what is known about a specific disorder or set of disorders whether it is regarding screening, diagnosis, or management. Compared to systematic reviews, they provide a broad overview of the management of a disorder or of an intervention.

This chapter will describe how mental health professionals and organizations can follow the steps to implement guidelines to improve clinical care. Resources to assist in this process are also listed at the end of the chapter in the appendix.

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