The National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) is a web-based source of clinical practice guidelines. Guidelines are available in both abstract and full-text with links to original sources. Guidelines can be downloaded in various formats and mechanisms. It offers comparisons of guidelines that cover similar topic areas, with major interventions and areas of agreement and disagreement. A structured program evaluation will be completed on the National Guideline Clearinghouse to look at what works and doesn't work and how it can be improved. The evaluation will: (1) identify and survey the intended NGC users to understand the quality and usefulness of NGC products, and how the information is being applied to health care delivery; (2) identify and survey the intended users who have not yet accessed the NGC to determine why they are not using the site; (3) evaluate the website functionality, content and linkages to identify opportunities to improve the products and services; and (4) provide a limited assessment of the impact of the NGC on the development of guidelines and quality improvement initiatives to affect clinical behavior.
EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION:09/30/2001
AGENCY SPONSOR: Center for Practice and Technology Assessment
FEDERAL CONTACT: Margaret Coopey, 301-594-4022
PIC ID: 5955
PERFORMER: Lewin Group, San Francisco, CA