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Applying evidence to decisions about colorectal cancer screening: how to use a clinical practice guideline
Frohna JG, Saini SD, Mangrulkar RS
Evidence-based clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) can be a useful tool for addressing common clinical problems, particularly when several conflicting issues must be considered or there is a large body of data or debate on how best to approach the problem. Unfortunately, physician use of guidelines is suboptimal, partly due to difficulties in accessing and applying high-quality, patient-appropriate guidelines at the point of care. Using the scenario of a healthy, asymptomatic man at average risk for colorectal cancer, the authors demonstrate how to efficiently retrieve a high-quality, up-to-date CPG and how to appraise and apply the guideline to make a patient-specific recommendation regarding colorectal cancer screening.
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