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VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guidelines

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Background

The Institute of Medicine defines clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) as: "…systematically developed statements to assist practitioner and patient decisions about appropriate health care services for specific clinical circumstances." DoD has made it a priority to implement evidence-based CPGs as a means of improving and standardizing the quality of care provided to its beneficiaries. Since 1988 the VA and DoD have worked together to adapt internationally recognized CPGs to meet the requirements of the military and veterans healthcare systems. The VA/DoD Evidence-Based Practice Guideline Work Group chooses the guidelines based on readiness needs of the military as well as the high-volume, high-cost health conditions treated in the medical treatment facilities. The guidelines have been developed by multi-disciplinary representatives from the DoD; the Army, Navy, Air Force; and the Veterans Health Administration. Supporting material, including tool kits and metrics, also has been developed to assist providers in implementing the CPGs.

Who Is Responsible for CPG Policies and Dissemination?

All of the VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guidelines can be found on the Veterans Health Administration VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guidelines Web page. Since the Army serves as DoD's lead for all clinical practice guideline initiatives, the US Army Medical Command Quality Management Office maintains a Web site with CPG material. This Web site also provides an on-line ordering system for CPG Tool Kits and their contents.

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CPG Implementation Guidance

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Deployment-Related Clinical Practice Guidelines

The following PDHealth Web pages have been developed to provide information, guidance, and related links on the deployment-related VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guidelines.

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Education and Training

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Research

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All VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guidelines

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Related Links

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