Legal Risks of Clinical Practice Guidelines

  title={Legal Risks of Clinical Practice Guidelines},
  author={Richard E Moses and Andrew D. Feld},
  journal={The American Journal of Gastroenterology},
Well-crafted systemically developed clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) are intended to frame current medical knowledge in a manner that will assist health care providers in delivering high quality care. CPGs are being used in the malpractice arena to define a credible standard of care to measure the accused physician for an alleged problem addressed. This may occur despite a medical society's disclaimer that they are not intended, nor devised, for that purpose. It can be argued that CPGs may… 

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