Online Clinical Guidelines

eGuidelines, is an online edition of Guidelines, the three-times yearly handbook summarising clinical guidelines for primary and shared care. The aim is to provide those involved in developing and implementing practice or locality guidelines with a valuable reference source in a convenient, easy-to-use format so you may find these eGuidelines of help when drawing up your local guidelines, recommendations and policies.  Guidelines in Practice and Guidelines are highlighted as useful reading in the National Prescribing Centre (NPC) document Improving Quality in Primary Care. The handbook has been developed for PCG/PCT and HA pharmacists as well as for “a wide range of health professionals to help them incorporate prescribing and medicines management in clinical governance”.

About the summaries

National and European clinical guidelines, developed by clinicians and sponsored by the relevant independent professional bodies, are summarised and included within Guidelines free of charge.  They may include systematic reviews and guidelines released by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence or the Department of Health or National guidelines produced by independent professional bodies.  There are a number of areas not covered by the NICE and independent professional body guidelines. Consideration also needs to be given to the place of newer interventions omitted from national guidelines not recently revised and updated. For these reasons, summaries of working party guidelines are also included within Guidelines. They are required to meet the following criteria:

  1. They must be drawn up by a multidisciplinary group including at least one general practitioner
  2. The members of the group should be drawn from several geographical locations
  3. The content of the guidelines must be independent of and not influenced by commercial sponsorship of the working party.

Listed below are summaries which are new or updated in the current edition of Guidelines (Volume 38, June 2009), and updated in the next edition of Guidelines (Volume 39, October 2009) which may be of interest to physiotherapists.  If you are a registered user of, click on the links to read the summaries. If you are not a registered user, click here to register.

New Summaries in Volume 39

Working Party Guidelines

Summaries updated in Volume 39

Independent Professional Body Guidelines

New summaries in Volume 38

NICE & Department of Health Guidelines

Working Party Guidelines

Summaries updated in Volume 38

NICE & Department of Health Guidelines

Independent Professional Body Guidelines

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