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Medical consensus

Medical consensus is a public statement on a particular aspect of medical knowledge at the time the statement is made that a representative group of experts agree to be evidence-based and state-of-the-art (state-of-the-science) knowledge.[1] Its main objective is to counsel physicians on the best possible and acceptable way to diagnose and treat certain diseases or how to address a particular decision-making area. It is usually, therefore, considered an authoritative, community-based expression of a consensus decision-making and publication process.

There are many ways of producing medical consensus, but the most usual way is to convene an independent panel of experts, either by a

Consensus statements differ from medical guidelines, another form of state-of-the-science public statements. According to the NIH, "Consensus statements synthesize new information, largely from recent or ongoing medical research, that has implications for reevaluation of routine medical practices. They do not give specific algorithms or guidelines for practice."[2]

See also


  1. ^ Council of Europe, Developing a methodology for drawing up guidelines on best medical practice (Recommendation Rec(2001)13 and explanatory memorandum), Strasbourg: Council of Europe Publishing, 2002.
  2. ^ "Guidelines for Ensuring the Quality of Information Disseminated to the Public". United States Department of Health and Human Services. 13 December 2006. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 

External links

  • NIH Consensus Development Program
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