Evidence Services

CMI Evidence Services creates, shares, and leverages clinical content and knowledge to provide an evidence-based foundation to help clinicians deliver effective health care. The content and knowledge are in the form of clinical practice guidelines, clinician guides, and rapid reviews, which are used throughout the Kaiser Permanente regions.

  • Clinical practice guidelines are a collection of recommendations that address the management of patients with a specific condition, which may include detection, diagnosis, and treatment. The clinical recommendations in a guideline are developed under the National Guideline Program using the evidence-based Kaiser Permanente methodology, which requires a systematic review of the medical research. Some examples of our guidelines are available here.
  • Clinician guides are practice resources that summarize clinical practice guidelines. They may include additional information that help clinicians apply the recommendations in practice.
  • Rapid reviews summarize information on high priority clinical or health care delivery topics to inform evidence-based practice. They use systematic review methods, but streamline and expedite the process to support timely, evidence-informed decisions