Failure of Clinical Practice Guidelines to Meet Institute of Medicine Standards

JAMA:  10/22/12

Two More Decades of Little, If Any, Progress

Background  In March 2011, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued a new set of standards for clinical practice guidelines intended to enhance the quality of guidelines being produced. To our knowledge, no systematic review of adherence to such standards has been undertaken since one published over a decade ago.

Methods  Two reviewers independently screened 130 guidelines selected at random from the National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) website for compliance with 18 of 25 IOM standards. Read more