Clinical guidelines in the context of aging and multimorbidity

Bruce Guthrie (Lead / Corresponding author), Cynthia M. Boyd

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Clinical guidelines play an important role in ensuring the delivery of evidence-based care to patients and reducing variation in practice. Clinical guideline development is structured to ensure that recommendations are based on the available evidence, but clinical guidelines are most commonly focused on single conditions, and the cumulative effect of following individually-rational recommendations from many guidelines can be irrational: for example, because recommendations for different diseases are contradictory or because the implied treatment regimen is too burdensome to the patient (Boyd et al., 2005). This matters because aging populations and improving survival from acute conditions like myocardial infarction mean that patients increasingly live with multiple chronic conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-149
Number of pages7
JournalPublic Policy and Aging Report
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • multimorbidity
  • Clinical guidelines
  • Aging


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