National Evaluation of Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) (NA203)
Recipient: University of Toronto
This project evaluated the quality of Canadian clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) that deal with drug prescribing practices and reviewed strategies to implement CPGs in clinical settings. CPGs are systemically developed statements that help physicians make appropriate decisions about health care. The study found that only 19 per cent of the guidelines were recommended for use as they are; another 56 per cent were recommended for use with changes; and 25 per cent were not recommended at all. Researchers concluded that while it is indeed possible to rate CPGs using a valid appraisal instrument, more research is needed to improve prescription practices through CPGs and other cost-effective measures.
This project was supported by the Health Transition Fund, which was created in 1997 to provide support for evidence-based decision-making in health care reform by supporting pilot and evaluation projects which test innovative approaches to health care delivery. The views expressed herein do no necessarily represent the official policy of federal, provincial, or territorial governments.