[Current initiatives in Germany for translating national guidelines into reality - a survey].Gesundheitswesen 2002; 64(10):513-20G
The role of practice guidelines as a tool for quality management in health care is now widely accepted in Germany- not only by health professionals, but also in politics. The physicians' professional associations as well as health care authorities (physicians' self-governmental bodies) and parliament introduced several incentives and regulations, aiming at a regular use of guidelines in health care. Among these the German guideline clearinghouse with the systematic approach towards identification, dissemination, and implementation of best available evidence-based guidelines, as well as the country-wide implementation of disease management guidelines seem to be effective and efficient in quality management as well as in patient care management in the German health care system. The article gives an overview on background, procedures and barriers to country-wide implementation of clinical practice guidelines within a social security health care system.