GPs seek relief from guideline overload

Australian GPs are suffering from ‘guideline overload' and want more succinct clinical practice guidelines that are easier to access, research shows.

Almost all GPs want clinical guidelines to be presented as one-page checklists, flowcharts or 2-3-page summaries, with only 1% preferring detailed manuals, a survey of 79 GPs from NSW and SA has found.

Many respondents complained that clinical guidelines were too hard to find and suggested that they should be incorporated into practice software to make them more accessible.

"The problem with guidelines in general