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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 clinical practice guideline was produced under the auspices of medical specialty associations; relevant professional societies, public or private organizations, government agencies at the Federal, State, or local level; or health care organizations or plans.
Final draft guidelines expected on the Guidelines Web page by third quarter 2007.
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National practice guidelines for physical therapy in patients with low back pain.
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Voluntary guidelines or no, OSHA plans stepped-up action against employers who seriously violate safety and health regulations.
For example," said Smith, "when the 1985 guidelines were written, computer games and toys with embedded computer chips weren't that prevalent and so were not included.
Writing in the September 2002 issue of The Progressive, Hentoff observes: "On page three of 'The Attorney General's Guidelines on General Crimes, Racketeering Enterprise and Terrorism Enterprise Investigations,' we are told: 'A terrorism enterprise investigation may be initiated when facts or circumstances reasonably indicate that two or more persons are engaged in an enterprise for the purpose of .

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