GPs ignore irrelevant guidelines

Guidelines for GPs are often based on evidence and studies performed outside of general practice itself. This affects doctors' judgements of the risk-to-benefit ratio of treatments and the performance of diagnostic tests.

As Tania Winzenberg, Professor of chronic disease management at the University of Tasmania, and I write in the Medical Journal of Australia today, interventions (such as medications and other treatments) are often tested in hospitals and other settings where the patient cohort is