Features  |   June 2013
Perioperative Care of the Elderly: Extrapolation of Guidelines or Real Evidence?
Author Affiliations
  • Shamsuddin Akhtar, M.B., B.S.
    Committee on Geriatric Anesthesia
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Geriatric Anesthesia / Quality Improvement / Features
Features   |   June 2013
Perioperative Care of the Elderly: Extrapolation of Guidelines or Real Evidence?
ASA Monitor 06 2013, Vol.77, 18-21.
ASA Monitor 06 2013, Vol.77, 18-21.
The National Guideline Clearinghouse has more than 2,000 guidelines on its website.1  The Guideline International Network (GIN) has more than 6,000 guideline-type documents on its website, and these documents are regularly reviewed and updated. The practice of medicine is now significantly influenced by guidelines. Based on the medical condition of concern, the guidelines vary in scope and complexity. With the current focus on evidence-based medicine, many guidelines now incorporate some assessment of evidence on which the recommendations are based. This is particularly helpful for practitioners, as it emphasizes the areas where recommendations are based on strong clinical evidence, compared to areas where there is significant lack of evidence.
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