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NGCIn the wake of the recent demise of the National Guideline Clearinghouse due to a loss of federal funding, the ECRI Institute has announced plan to continue to provide access to a guideline database.  ECRI Institute is an independent nonprofit organization which the United States federal government contracted with to develop and maintain the National Guideline Clearinghouse.

The ECRI will launch an initial site in Fall 2018 to allow users to search and retrieve clinical practice guidelines and will include unbiased evaluations on the rigor and transparency of guidelines based on the National Academy of Medicine's (formerly the Institute of Medicine) standards for trustworthiness.  While the National Guideline Clearinghouse was available at no cost to all users, the ECRI's guidelines' database will be freely accessible to participating guideline developers; access costs for other users, if any, are not posted at this time.

For additional information, please consult, or contact ECRI Institute at ot 5200 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462 USA.

NGCThe National Guideline Clearinghouse has ceased operation and links to it have been removed from the Himmelfarb Library website.  The Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality released a statement on July 2, 2018 which stated that the National Guideline Clearinghouse would cease as federal funding is no longer available to support it.

To access practice guidelines, the following resources continue to be available:
  • PubMed - Himmelfarb's customized filters display on the right side of every search results' page to provide access to practice guidelines; users may also limit by publication type to practice guidelines using the filters on the left side of the PubMed's search results screen.
  • DynaMed Plus - DynaMed Plus' evidence-based approach to information synthesis identifies many clinical guidelines.  You will find guidelines summarized and linked in DynaMed Plus articles and can also find guidelines in the 'Guidelines and Resources' area of specific articles.   Epocrates Essentials also summarizes and links to practice guidelines.
  • ClinicalKey and ClinicalKey for Nursing - Both resources provide extensive Guidelines/Practice Guidelines libraries.  Users may search this segment specifically, or filter for guidelines after a more general search.
If you have questions regarding these resources or need assistance in identifying guidelines, please ask us or contact Laura Abate (

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