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guidelines

In a medical context, guidelines are a series of suggestions, issued by official bodies, such as the Department of Health or by independent experts, for the conduct of medical practice. They include advice on the treatment of particular disorders or on effective ways of dealing with any clinical or human-relational problem. Guidelines are not prescriptive or directive, but doctors who fail to follow widely-recognized guidelines risk criticism and may even, in the event of poor outcomes be at risk of legal action. The practice of publishing guidelines, and of amending and updating them regularly, has grown steadily in recent years.

guidelines,

n.pl a set of standards, criteria, or specifications to be used or followed in the performance of certain tasks.
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The guidelines panel sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) changed its recommendation from starting highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) at 500 CD4 T cells/[mm.
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6 of the OECD Guidelines, the question whether an intra-group service has been rendered depends on the benefit that the recipient is intended to receive.
Every 5 years since 1980, the two agencies have created and published guidelines based on the recommendations of an advisory committee.
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As the arbiter of high-quality cancer care, NCCN promotes the importance of continuous quality improvement and recognizes the significance of creating clinical practice guidelines appropriate for use by patients, clinicians, and other health care decision-makers.
Air Force general counsel, "There is much in the proposed guidelines that is excellent.
The revised guidelines warn against combining atazanavir + indinavir (possible worse hyperbilirubinemia), and FTC + 3TC (similar resistance profile, without additional benefit).
Traditionally, only upper management has been responsible for learning interpretive guidelines.
The International Labour Organization, the International Maritime Organization, the International Chamber of Shipping, and several environmental nongovernmental organizations, particularly Greenpeace and the Basel Action Network, are participating in efforts to refine and support the guidelines.

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