J Korean Med Sci.  2012 May;27(Suppl):S55-S60. 10.3346/jkms.2012.27.S.S55.

Development and Implementation of Clinical Practice Guidelines: Current Status in Korea

  • 1Department of Preventive Medicine, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. ahnhs@korea.ac.kr


Documentation of unexplained geographic variations in medical practices and use of inappropriate interventions has led to the proliferation of clinical practice guidelines. With increased enthusiasm for guidelines, evidence exists that clinical practice guidelines often influence clinical practices or health outcomes. Their successful implementation may improve the quality of care by decreasing in appropriate variation and expediting the application of effective advances to healthcare practices. In Korea, physicians and healthcare professionals have begun to take interests in clinical practice guidelines. Currently, over 50 practice guidelines have been developed through professional academic organizations or via other routes; however, the quality of the guidelines is unsatisfactory, implementation in clinical settings is incomplete, and there is insufficient infrastructure to develop clinical practice guidelines. Korea must develop policies and invest resources to enhance the development and implementation of clinical practice guidelines.


Clinical Practice Guidelines; Evidence-Based Medicine; Healthcare Quality; Health Policy; Clinical Practice Guideline Development; Korea

MeSH Terms

Delivery of Health Care
Evidence-Based Medicine
Health Policy
Physicians/statistics & numerical data
*Practice Guidelines as Topic
Program Development
Republic of Korea
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