How many times has your attending asked you “What do the guidelines say?” or “Whats the evidence for that?” in regards to a particular clinical question? How many times have you tried to find the guidelines (maybe even Googled it!) and then resorted to an Up-to-date style answer? With the avalanche of medical information available at our fingertips, it is often a daunting task for young physicians to access the right clinical guideline to answer the question at hand. One of our favorite resources is
a website sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Here you can find a database of updated clinical guidelines that is searchable by disease, organization or strength of evidence. You can even register an account and have updated guidelines of your choice emailed to you.
Some other organizations we frequently go to for guidelines (links embedded):
American College of Physicians
American Heart Association / American College of Cardiology
American Thoracic Society
American Association for the Study of Liver Disease
American Gastroenterology Society
Infectious Disease Society of America
American College of Rheumatology
Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes
National Comprehensive Cancer Network
Next time you find yourself googling a clinical guideline, try one of these resources instead!