ECRI Institute Opens Access to Former AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse

PUBLISHED: Nov 21, 2018
Relevant to: All Healthcare Organizations

The ECRI Institute, an independent, nonprofit patient safety organization, just launched the ECRI Guidelines Trust™, “…a portal to expertly vetted, evidence-based guideline briefs and scorecards.” The ECRI Institute established this new evidence-based guideline portal in response to the federal funding cut that forced the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to shut down the National Guideline Clearinghouse™ (NGC).

According to ECRI, the healthcare community has free access to the website.

In their press release announcing the new ECRI Guidelines Trust, the organization describes the process required to reinstate the NGC. According to Karen M. Schoelles, MD, SM, FACP, director of the ECRI Guidelines Trust and ECRI Institute-Penn Medicine Evidence-based Practice Center, “…when the NGC website was shut down on July 17, its records became inaccessible. So, the ECRI staff who had worked on NGC had to start over.”

Features of the ECRI Guidelines Trust include:

  • New summaries of evidence-based guidelines from participating guideline developers, medical specialty societies, and other healthcare organizations.
  • A TRUST (Transparency and Rigor Using Standards of Trustworthiness) Scorecard, which evaluates the rigor and transparency of a guideline to see how it stacks up against the Institute of Medicine standards for trustworthiness.
  • The next phase of the ECRI Guidelines Trust, coming in 2019, will feature advanced search capabilities, an enhanced user interface, and support for guideline implementation and decision-making.

Follow the link below to access the new ECRI Guidelines Trust.

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