- By: Haitham Alshafey
Clinical guidelines are a simple way to put evidence into practice. As they are not often published in peer reviewed journals, the internet is an ideal way to find them. To begin searching for a specific clinical guideline, look at the website of the relevant royal college, (www.rcplondon.ac.uk/general/gen_links.htm). If you get no result, try the National Institute for Clinical Excellence website (www.nice.org.uk/page.aspx?o=guidelines.completed); you may find the latest formally and systematically produced guidelines in the United Kingdom. Have a thorough look round then check monthly for newly added guidelines in the special section for this.
The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN; www.sign.ac.uk/guidelines/index.html) also provides clinical guidelines with well recognised and accepted methodology. They do not cover many topics, however; for example, they only have three relevant guidelines in obstetrics and gynaecology.
The www.eguidelines.co.uk site requires an annual fee (£23.50; €34.48; $44.20) for full access, where I found a collection of guidelines