Steering standards and guiding guidelines
The healthcare industry has standards—by the truckload. It also has a multitude of measures and a googolplex of guidelines.
Outliers doesn’t know whether anyone out there is measuring measures or trying to standardize standards, but, according to a report in the Annals of Internal Medicine, there is an international effort under way to develop guidelines for developing guidelines.
Enter the Guidelines International Network. Founded in 2002, the network includes 93 organizations and 89 individual members in 46 countries. According to the report, it maintains an online library of 7,400 documents providing information on 3,636 guidelines.
The Institute of Medicine report Clinical Practice Guidelines We Can Trust, released March 23, 2011, offered eight standards for