On March 23, the Institute of Medicine issued a report entitled, “Standards for Developing Trustworthy Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs).” The report noted that the National Guideline Clearinghouse accepted722 new guidelines to its database in 2008, bringing the total to nearly 2,700. Almost 1,000 CPGs have been updated because they didn’t quite get it right the first time. A staggering 1,978 CPGs were withdrawn from the database, presumably because they were just too wrong to be updated.
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First published 3/28/11 on Alison Bass
In a finding that may stun heart patients but surprise few others, researchers have found that more than half of the doctors who wrote key clinical practice guidelines in cardiology had financial ties to medical device and drug companies that stood to benefit from those guidelines. The study, published today in the Archives of Internal Medicine, raises serious questions about the reliability of such clinical guidelines in treating heart disease.
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