Evidence base for IDSA guidelines

In this review of IDSA guidelines published in the last 16 years, only 23% of the recommendations were based on level 1 evidence (high quality randomized trials), and 37% were based only on expert opinion. As with any guidelines, IDSA guidelines should not be used to supplant clinical judgement and many recommendations are not based on high quality clinical evidence (abstract)

Danielle Scheurer

Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.

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