Performance Improvement 2011-2012. How Effective Has the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's National Guideline Clearinghouse Been on the Dissemination of Evidence-based Clinical Practice Guidelines?


The National Guideline Clearinghouse is a publicly available database of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and related documents. It provides Internet users with free online access to guidelines at The evaluation survey examined the following key dimensions: 1) awareness of the use of the Clearinghouse; 2) use of other guidelines sources to obtain clinical guidelines; 3) general understanding of Clearinghouse non-users; 4) users' assessment of the Clearinghouse, 5) differences among users by stakeholder group; and, 6) the impact and influence of the Clearinghouse on the development, use and dissemination of guidelines by stakeholder groups.

The survey demonstrated that the Clearinghouse is a well-known and trusted source for clinical guidelines across all stakeholder groups. In particular, respondents indicated that the Clearinghouse greatly influenced guideline developers, providers' ongoing learning efforts and identifying guidelines, medical librarians' ability to meet their client's needs, medical librarians' and researchers' ability to identify current and high quality guidelines, measure developers' data collection processes, and policymakers' and purchasers' ability to identify guidelines and convert clinical information. Those that used the Clearinghouse were more satisfied with it relative to other guideline sources, had used it for a long time, were likely to recommend it to others, and found the guidelines trustworthy. Respondents also identified areas for expanding use and impact.

Report Title: Evaluation of the National Guideline Clearinghouse,
Agency Sponsor: AHRQ, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Federal Contact: Boone, Cynthia, 301-427-1212
Performer: AFYA, Inc.
ID Number: 9667 (Report issued September 29, 2011)

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