The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) is official shutting down July 16. The move, which is the product of about a decade’s-worth of funding cuts, was announced last month.
Drawing some 200,000 visitors each month, the database was home to about 4,000 guidelines carefully scrutinized by the agency and frequently used in the medical profession.
AHRQ operates under the umbrella of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Oregon Health and Science University’s Valerie King tells The Daily Beast the database is one of a kind.
“Guideline.gov was our go-to source, and there is nothing else like it in the world,” she said. “It is a singular resource.”
According to an AHRQ spokesperson, efforts to find a partner to keep alive the NGC’s work have not yet come to fruition.
“AHRQ agrees that guidelines play an important role in clinical decision making, but hard decisions had to be made about how to use the resources at our disposal,” the spokesperson, Alison Hunt, reportedly said in an email.
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