AHA today urged the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to reconsider its decision to shut down the National Guidelines Clearinghouse. “The NGC has been a valuable resource to clinicians and health care organizations in the United States and across the world for two decades,” AHA wrote. “It provides easy access to evidence-based guidelines for practice, helping busy clinicians develop plans of care for patients, allowing health care organizations to create standard protocols for practice, embed decision support for their clinicians, and reduce practice variation to ensure the best outcomes for their patients. It is regrettable that budget cuts have forced AHRQ to make the difficult decision to eliminate this valuable resource, much to the detriment of patients and the providers who treat them. We urge you to reconsider this decision.” 

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