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Translating Guidelines Into Clinical Practice*: Recommendations to the American College of Chest Physicians

John E. Heffner, MD, FCCP; W. Michael Alberts, MD, FCCP; Richard Irwin, MD, FCCP; Richard Wunderink, MD, FCCP
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*From the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC (Dr. Heffner); H. Lee Moffit Cancer Center, Tampa, FL (Dr. Alberts); Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Massachusetts, Worcester, MA (Dr. Irwin); and Methodist Healthcare Foundation, Memphis, TN (Dr. Wunderink).

Correspondence to: John E. Heffner, MD, FCCP, Medical University of South Carolina, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, 96 Jonathan Lucas St, Ste 812, Charleston, South Carolina 29425; E-mail: jheffner@mha.chw.edu



Chest. 2000;118(2_suppl):70S-73S. doi:10.1378/chest.118.2_suppl.70S
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Although clinical practice guidelines offer considerable promise for improving health-care outcomes, significant hurdles exist in implementing guideline recommendations. The conference attendees and invited experts participated in three discussion groups that developed recommendations for assisting the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) in adopting strategies for guideline implementation. The following are summaries of the breakout sessions.

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