Your doctor and medical team may use clinical guidelines to make decisions and recommendations about your care. The guidelines are based on the best medical and scientific research.
The guidelines are written for health care professionals, but we also make them available to our members. You may find them helpful when you talk with your doctor and make shared decisions about your care. A guideline may not be appropriate for all situations and does not replace a doctor's clinical judgment in treating individual patients.
To develop the guidelines, teams of Kaiser Permanente doctors, other health care providers, and scientists review the best published medical and scientific research on a clinical topic. They use that information to develop recommendations for screening, prevention, and treatment. This is called "evidence-based medicine."
Not every condition or disease has a formal guideline. This is a partial list of Kaiser Permanente guidelines and more will be added here.