These are some basic points to consider when evaluating a practice or treatment guideline:
- Does the guideline address a clear research question?
- Was there a comprehensive search for the evidence?
- Is there clear inclusion and exclusion criteria?
- Are the methods for arriving at the recommendations clearly documented?
- Do the recommendations consider health benefits, potential side effects, and possible risks?
- Do the guidelines apply to your patient?
- Are they key recommendations easy to identify?
- Is the guideline free of any potential conflicts of interest?
- How current is the guideline?
Heneghan, C., & Badenoch, Douglas. (2006). Evidence-based medicine toolkit (2nd ed.). Malden, Mass. ; Oxford: BMJ Books/Blackwell Pub.