An Effective Infrastructure Design for the Clinical Guidelines Systems

S. Bonacina (Italy)


Clinical guidelines infrastructure design


Clinical practice guidelines define recommended strategies for managing health care in specific clinical circumstances. The use of guidelines represents a key aspect for a nation wide healthcare system, as explained in the Italian National Plan of Guideline. However, in many situations the knowledge is not enough: knowing “how to do” is needed. In doing so you need a coordinated organization of actions, which are repeated one after another and executed by cooperating individuals holding different professional profiles. Medical Information and Communication Technology provides a number of tools for helping the construction phase and the delivery phase of clinical guidelines. We describe a comprehensive infrastructure able to be effective in the many phases of the guideline lifecycle.

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