Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice

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Volume 81 Issue 4 (December 2008), Pages 329-458

History, context, process, and rationale for the development of clinical guidelines (pages 331-350)

This paper sets out the rationale and process for the development of clinical guidelines, particularly as they apply to psychological therapies and mental health more generally. The methods by which they are produced are briefly reviewed and some commonly identified problems associated with guideline development are also discussed. The evidence for their effective implementation is reviewed and likely future development in clinical guidelines in mental health and psychological therapies are discussed.

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