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How to appraise clinical guidelines

  • James P. Warner (a1) and Robert Blizard (a1)
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Aims and method

We critically appraised clinical guidelines for the use of antidepressants, using an evidence-based approach.

Results

We were unable to identify recent guidelines. The appraisal tool we used failed to identify some of the difficulties now apparent when considering the validity and utility of guidelines.

Clinical implications

Critical appraisal tools are useful in providing a framework for assessing published material, but run the risk of blinding us with their simplicity.

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How to appraise clinical guidelines

  • James P. Warner (a1) and Robert Blizard (a1)
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