Developing Clinical Practice Guidelines
As family physicians, we’re committed to providing patient-centered, evidence-based care for our patients. Clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) can optimize this care by serving as a framework for clinical decisions and supporting best practices. Following evidence-based CPGs is also a key aspect of becoming a patient-centered medical home (PCMH).
But not all CPGs are created equal. That’s why the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) reviews guidelines developed by other organizations, endorsing those that meet criteria for methodological rigor, relevance to family medicine, and freedom from bias. The AAFP also develops CPGs, both independently and in cooperation with other organizations.