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For the busy clinician, keeping up-to-date with the latest evidence is challenging.1 A ‘one-stop-shop’ document that summarises the management of a particular disease or health condition is attractive. This editorial provides tips on how to produce clinical guidelines for sports and exercise medicine.
Clinical guidelines: blending the best of systematic review evidence with highest level clinical evidence
BJSM places high value on systematic reviews as level 1 evidence and important guiding lights for sports and exercise medicine (62 systematic reviews were published in 2015). Since these usually ask a very specific question and typically consider one aspect of a health condition, one systematic review cannot answer all the questions that are relevant to the management of a health condition.
Clinical guidelines represent higher order thinking, whereas a systematic review is more restricted in context. The key difference is that guidelines translate a body of evidence into management options for a particular health condition. Not as a recipe; guidelines must be applied with sound clinical reasoning.2 Guidelines have the potential to help resolve clinical conundrums in sports and …
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