"The National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) is a comprehensive database of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and related documents. NGC is an initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NGC was originally created by AHRQ in partnership with the American Medical Association and" America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). The resource is useful for nursing and allied health disciplines.
This tool enables health care educators to expose, at no cost, their students to evidence-based literature and guidelines.
Target Student Population:
College upper and lower divisions, graduate school, health care professionals, and health professions students in graduate, undergraduate, and technical education programs.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Prerequisites include basic to intermediate knowledge of medical terminology and treatment practices.
Type of Material:
Multi-faceted, freely accessible online database of clinical guidelines from all over the world
While the tool is primarily focused toward practicing health professionals, students can gain invaluable experience in searching for and evaluating recommendations for practice across a wide array of health issues and practice environments. It could be used in reparation of research papers, individual study, development of proposals, determination of current healthcare practices and issues.
A computer with Internet access and a web browser.
Evaluation and Observation
Very extensive and comprehensive collection of relevant and current topics needed by practicing health care providers. It includes a video tutorial on how to search for information on the website.
While the NGC tool itself is excellent, the material to which it links is of the quality afforded by its originator. In addition, guidelines are not continually updated.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This freely accessible tool enables students and practitioners at institutions not having access to for-pay evidence-based information tools such as the Cochrane Library to have access to credible treatment guidelines from influential health organizations and treatment centers.
This site would primarily be useful as a resource for current topical information and searches for relevant information for research project or manuscript topic. It would also be quite useful for practicing healthcare providers in determining current practice via peer reviewed journals, study results and other informative content submitted.
This tool is best used in concert with Cochrane (when possible) and larger searches of the medical literature. Also, practitioners should apply the needs of their individual patients, their own expertise, and the clinical knowledge of their colleagues when considering treatments outlined in these guidelines.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Familiarity with the tool can be gained quickly, allowing for speedy navigation of the tool. Useful results can be found through simple searching as well as through more advanced searching techniques. Easily navigated with an enormous variety of information included.
One must have a fairly good understanding of how to narrow the search to a specific topic area or the return of the search query becomes overwhelming yielding over 800 to 1000 articles and other materials.