The National Guidelines Clearinghouse (NGC) is an Internet Web site intended to make evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and related abstract, summary, and comparison materials widely available to health care professionals. NGC is operated by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) (formerly the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research [AHCPR]) in partnership with the American Medical Association (AMA), and the American Association of Health Plans (AAHP). AHRQ operates and maintains the NGC pursuant to statutory mandates (1) to support research designed to improve the quality of health care, reduce its cost, and broaden access to essential services and (2) to develop and disseminate evidence-based information to increase the scientific knowledge needed to enhance patient and clinical decision-making, improve health care quality, and promote efficiency in the organization of public and private systems of health care delivery. The guidelines and some of the related materials on this site are the products of named organizations that are solely responsible for their content. Objective summaries and factual comparisons of the guidelines at this site are prepared by AHRQ's contractor, ECRI, in consultation with the responsible organizations that prepared the respective guidelines. The authors and publishers of every document at this site are identified at the beginning of each document.
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