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May 2009 Br J Cardiol 2009;16:142–6

Post-MI clinical guidelines: variation in availability, development, content and implementation across the UK

Seleen Ong, David Milne, Jonathan Morrell, on behalf of the Follow Your Heart Steering Committee

Abstract

Introduction Clinical guidelines are becoming an increasingly important component of clinical practice across Europe as governments, while facing spiralling healthcare costs, still have to maintain an overriding commitment to their citizens to provide best possible medical care. As systematically developed statements that incorporate research evidence and expert consensus views, clinical guidelines represent a means of assisting practitioners and patients on decisions about appropriate healthcare for specific circumstances.1 Adherence to clinical guidelines, thus, will help to reduce practice variation, raise standards of care, improve effici

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