Guidelines for guidelines

Richard Amerling, James F. Winchester, Claudio Ronco

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Practice guidelines are proliferating in medicine. In addition to methodological problems that cause guidelines to be outdated rapidly, they are plagued by conflicts of interest. They are largely consensus opinions of panels of experts, most of whom are supported by industry. Professional societies, health insurers, Centers for Medicare and Medicaide Services, and dialysis providers also benefit from guidelines. Little attention is paid to the potential for harm to patients, and to the profession of medicine, from the widespread use of guidelines.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-38
Number of pages3
JournalBlood Purification
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Conflicts of interest
  • Health insurers
  • Practice guidelines


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