AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. December 2004, Volume 6, Number 12

Ethics Poll

How Binding are Clinical Practice Guidelines?

The Ethics Poll is a snapshot of the opinions of interested readers.

When should physicians or other health care professionals search for relevant clinical practice guidelines or evidence-based medicine in their practice?
Should HIV testing be mandatory for pregnant women?
Cost effectiveness should always be addressed explicitly in statements of clinical practice guidelines.
Which of the following best explains why clinical practice guidelines do not apply to every clinical circumstance?
Poll results reflect the opinions of visitors to the site who voluntarily answer the poll questions. Those visitors do not represent a random sample of Virtual Mentor readers. The viewpoints expressed on this site are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the AMA.