Korean J Clin Pharm.  2015 Sep;25(3):178-186. 10.0000/kjcp.2015.25.3.178.

An Investigation of Current Status of the Clinical Practice Guidelines in Korea

Affiliations
  • 1College of Pharmacy, Inje University, Gimhae 621-749, South Korea.
  • 2College of Pharmacy, Keimyung University, Daegu 704-701, South Korea. youngslee@kmu.ac.kr

Abstract


OBJECTIVE
Clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) are systematically developed statements aimed at helping optimal care of the patient in a given clinical circumstance. Because of the increasing evidence that active implementation of CPGs improve health outcomes, there is a growing awareness of the importance of guideline development and dissemination. The objective of this study was to investigate the status of CPG development and availability of the CPGs in Korea. METHOD: We searched in the Web sites of 180 organizations to identify CPGs which were developed and/or published in Korea until 1 July 2014. The data of titles, published year, publisher, distributer, and accessibility at the internet web of all CPGs were collected and analyzed.
RESULTS
A total of 172 CPGs were developed and 80% had been released since 2009. Most (51.2%) were developed for management of 4 diseases: 28 for digestive system disease; 27 for infectious disease; 18 for endocrine and metabolic diseases; and 15 for neoplasms. Of the 172 CPGs, 150 CPGs were publicly available. Among the 150 CPGs, 78.7% (118/150) were developed by only one organization.
CONCLUSION
To ensure the production of high-quality CPGs, it is necessary to collaborate with other relevant professional societies in guideline development process. In addition, stronger efforts on wider dissemination of CPGs must be employed at the country levels to promote implementation of CPGs in clinical settings.

Keyword

clinical practice guidelines; development; dissemination; availability; evidence-based medicine
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