Can you trust your clinical guidelines?BMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4003 (Published 21 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f4003
- Edward Davies, US news and features editor, BMJ
In the 2500 or so years since Hippocrates and his followers penned the first medical guidelines, things have come a long way. “Do no harm” is a reasonable starting point, but a physician treating just about any disease imaginable could do with, and indeed can now call on, a little more help than that.
And so guidelines are rightly ubiquitous. The collating of research, sharing of experience and dissemination of best practice are …