Definitions for "Practice Guidelines"
A statement of what is known about the benefits, risks and costs of particular courses of medical treatment to achieve the best possible patient outcome. Also known as practice parameters.
Systematically developed statements on medical practice that assist a physician and a patient in making decisions about appropriate health care for specific medical conditions. Guidelines are frequently used to evaluate appropriateness and medical necessity of care. Outcomes can be used as information to modify or improve guidelines. Terms used synonymously include practice parameters, standard treatment protocols and clinical practice guidelines.
Standardized guidelines for the treatment of diseases or conditions.