• Format—whether the guidelines are formatted as free text, tables, if-then statements, critical pathways, decision paths, or algorithms.

  • Intended users—whether they are intended for practitioners, patients, or others.

The next section of this appendix discusses the ways guidelines may be formatted. The rest of the appendix presents, in whole or in part, 16 guidelines and related items (see Table A-1). Each example is preceded by an annotation indicating the principal information for the five variables just noted. In addition, a brief introduction highlights especially salient points about the item in terms of purpose, content, or presentation. These notes should in no way be considered a complete analysis or evaluation of the item in the example. At the end of each write-up is the complete reference or citation to the guideline.

Inclusion in this appendix does not imply endorsement of the content of these guidelines or of the process by which they were developed. Some of these materials are not, for example, the products of a systematic develop

TABLE A-1 List of Examples, by Main Purpose

Screening and Prevention

1. Screening for diminished visual acuity in children

2. Vaccination for pregnant women who are planning international travel

Diagnosis and Pre-Diagnosis Management of Patients

3. Triage of the injured patient

4. Evaluating chest pain in the emergency room

5. Using erythrocyte sedimentation rate tests in diagnosis

Indications for Use of Surgical Procedures

6. Indications for carotid endarterectomy

7. Indications for percutaneous transluminal coronary angiography

8. Managing labor and delivery after previous cesarean section

Appropriate Use of Specific Technologies and Tests as Part of Clinical Care

9. Using autologous or donor blood for transfusions

10. Detecting or tracking deteriorating metabolic acidosis

Guidelines for Care of Clinical Conditions

11. Using oral contraceptives to prevent pregnancy and manage fertility

12. Deciding on treatment for low back pain

13. Managing patients following coronary artery bypass graft

14. Guidelines for the management of patients with psoriasis

15. Acute dysuria in the adult female

16. Management of acute pain



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