Practice Guidelines Based on Empirical Evidence


Informed Consumer Guidelines

Complied by Michael F. Martelli, PhD

Please send suggestions, additional links to:

AAN Practice Guidelines

AAN Practice Guidelines

Addiction Resources EBM etc

ADHD Clinical Practice Guidelines

AEDs in S TBI Practice Guidelines

Agency for Health Care Research and Quality

Aging (National Institute on Aging)

Acad Psychosomatic Medicine Practice Guidelines

Am Board Quality Assurance Util. Rev. -

Am Psychiatric Assoc Practice Guidelines

A.P.M. and Managed Care

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Bipolar Disorder Practice Guidelines: Medscape Resource Center

Bipolar Disorder Treatment

Clinical Evidence . com           

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Clinical Evidence BMJ

Cochrane Collaboration

Cochrane Collaboration - Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) Guidelines - Medscout (sm)

Counseling (UML)

Cytidinediphosphocholine (CDP choline) for cognitive and behavioural disturbances associated with chronic cerebral disorders in…

Department of Health and Human Services

Developing Clinical Policy Guidelines

Doctor's Guide- Global Edition

Drug Identification

EEG Biofeedback Bibliography

EKG Interpretations

Evidence-Based Practices Critique

Family Practice

Five Minute Hearing Test

Gateway Search

General Reference & Clinical Specialty

Guidelines for Medicolegal Neuropsychological Reports

Hardin Meta Directory of Internet Health Resources

HealthFinder (Patient Education Sources)

Health Care: Evidence-based Practice Subdirectory Page

Health Care: Evidence-based Practice Subdirectory Page

HealthWatch UK

Joint Commission of Accreditation of Health Organizations

Lab Test Interpretation

Life care planning site, IALCP

Lying and Deception Tests

Major Depressive Disorder Mgmt in Adults - Biblio


Merck Manual (professional)

Merck Manual (home edition)

Meta-Register of Controlled Trials (mRCT)

Med Search

Med Web

Medical Matrix

Medical Myths

Mind-Body Interventions for Gastrointestinal Conditions

National Guideline Clearinghouse

National Guideline Clearinghouse - TBI Prognosis

National Guideline Clearinghouse: TBI Management

National Institutes of Health

Nursing Home Guide

Other evidence based practice

Pain: Clinical Updates IASP

Pain Mgmt Monographs JCAHO (good)

Pain: Non Malignant

Panic disorder / Comorbid Pain Depression`


Physical Diagnosis


Practice Guidelines- Practice Statement Definitions

Psychiatric Care Guidelines - Nice!

Psychopharm Quack Watch

Rehabilitation for Traumatic Brain Injury: AHCPR

Reports of the Surgeon General


Standards of care



Practice Statement Definitions

Practice Parameters:

Practice parameters are strategies for patient management that assist physicians in clinical decision making. A practice parameter is one or more specific recommendations based on analysis of evidence of a specific clinical problem. The recommendations are rated as Standard, Guideline or Option:

Standard: A principle for patient management that reflects a high degree of clinical certainty (usually this requires class I evidence that directly addresses the clinical question, or overwhelming class II evidence when circumstances preclude randomized clinical trials).

Guideline: A recommendation for patient management that reflects moderate clinical certainty (usually this requires class II evidence or a strong consensus of class III evidence).

Practice option: A strategy for patient management for which the clinical utility is uncertain (inconclusive or conflicting evidence or opinion).

These recommendations are based on the following levels of evidence for therapeutic modalities:

Practice Advisories:

A practice advisory is a practice recommendation for emerging and/or newly approved therapies or technologies based on evidence from at least one class I study. The evidence may demonstrate only a modest statistical effect or limited (partial) clinical response, or significant cost-benefit questions may exist. Substantial (or potential) disagreement among practitioners or between payers and practitioners may exist. The strength of practice advisory recommendations are based on the practice parameter levels of evidence.

Therapeutic and Technology Assessments:

Technology assessments are statements that assess the safety, utility, and effectiveness of new, emerging, or established therapies and technologies in the field of neurology. Assessment recommendations are rated as follows:

These recommendations are based on the following evidence ratings for diagnostic tests:

Suggested Strength of Recommendations

Quack Chasers with Apparent Political Agenda

At least some caution is advised for most of these sites. Many have a political agenda and/or too much media hype focus and none are associated with any professional medical or psychological associations. Notably, Politics Usually Corrupts Objectivity. For example, some are overly zealous and prone to overstatement, filtering, confirmatory bias, overgeneralization, uniformity myths, reactive responses, etc, and some have been called "biased" or "not credible" by reputable scientists and/or courts. Hence, these should not be relied upon as single sources or reliable representations of science, and should not be relied upon to accurately represent the empirically based evidence from the previous sites. That is, there are no simple solutions, single sources, or substitutes for conducting your own literature review.


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