GPs want shorter, simpler clinical guidelines

SHORT, to-the-point, and available on a computer. These are the characteristics of useful clinical practice guidelines, according to a survey of GPs.

Two-to-three-page summaries, flowcharts, and single page checklists are far more desirable than long tomes, a survey shows, with only one of 79 respondents preferring a detailed manual.

In contrast with previous studies that have suggested a dim view of guidelines as autonomy-restricting, more than nine out of 10 respondents said they view guidelines as important decision-making aids.

But availability remains a big