Optimizing Clinical Practice Guideline Adherence in Primary Care

Co-creative process to find solutions bridging the evidence-practice gap for clinical practice guideline adherence in primary care

Project description

Clinical practice guidelines are documents that synthesize current medical evidence on how to organize and deliver health services for a given condition in the most effective manner. They are designed to improve the quality of care and reduce unjustified individual variation in clinical practice. These guidelines, developed through a synthesis of the best available evidence, aim to standardize clinical practices, improve patient outcomes and provider performance, and enhance the overall quality of healthcare delivery.

Several studies have shown how adherence to clinical practice guidelines improves healthcare outcomes such as survival, mortality, and in-hospital complications. Studies have also shown how guideline adherence enhances quality of care and increases cost-effectiveness.

Despite their advantages, adherence to clinical practice guidelines continues to be suboptimal, both internationally, and in the Swiss context.

Thus, our project aim is to find potential solutions bridging this evidence-practice gap. To this end, we are conducting a stakeholder dialogue as part of a co-creative process involving healthcare expert from across Switzerland.

In this endeavor, we are supported by The Swiss Learning Health System, a national platform in the field of health system and health services research, as well as the Universities of Zurich and of Lucerne.

Project team

Dr. Justus Vogel, Irene Salvi

Cooperation partner

Swiss Learning Health System, Universität Zürich, Universität Luzern

Funding source



7 months (February to August 2024)