Practice parameters and clinical practice guidelines: Science, politics, and problems

May 31, 2009
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Editorial

Otolaryngologists have not been as prolific in promulgating practice parameters and technology assessments as some of our colleagues in other specialties. We have more clinical practice guidelines than we do practice parameters, but even these were developed through a relatively informal process until recently.

Otolaryngologists have not been as prolific in promulgating practice parameters and technology assessments as some of our colleagues in other specialties. We have more clinical practice guidelines than we do practice parameters, but even these were developed through a relatively informal process until recently. Since neither practice parameters (or technology assessments) nor clinical practice guidelines have been a major focus for otolaryngologists, many of us are unfamiliar with all of their potential value, or the problems that may be associated with them.

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