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Table 2 Purpose of Diagnostic Guidelines

From: Clinical practice guidelines for diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder in adults and children in the UK: a narrative review

Type of guideline General purpose of type of guideline
Diagnostic Criteria To assist clinicians in the diagnosis of mental conditions by providing descriptions of the main clinical features in each category
National Clinical Guidelines To offer best practice advice and guidance for professionals and service users and their families
Guidelines from Professional Bodies To offer profession specific advice to clinicians and healthcare professionals in their specialist area
Journal Articles To summarise clinical guidelines in clinician-facing publications to keep clinicians up to date and/or alert them to changes in good practice