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Patient Information Guides

BC Guidelines are the clinical practice guidelines published by the Guidelines and Protocols Advisory Committee. BC Guidelines provide recommendations to B.C.'s health care practitioners on delivering high quality, appropriate care to patients with specific clinical conditions or diseases.

These patient information guides are written for patients to explain the recommendations as set out in the BC Guidelines.

Patient information guides are available on the following BC Guidelines health topics:

Anxiety and Depression (2010) Resource Guide: Information Sources for Families (PDF 94K)
Anxiety in Children and Youth: A Guide for Parents (PDF 101K)
Depression in Children and Youth: A Guide for Parents (PDF 61K)
Cataracts and Surgery (2005) Cataracts - Treatment of Adults (PDF 121K)
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) (2011) COPD - A Guide for Patients (PDF 112K)
Cognitive Impairment (2014) Cognitive Impairment - Guide for Patients & Caregivers (PDF 274K)
Colorectal Cancer (2013) Colorectal Cancer - Guide for Patients (PDF 280K)
Colorectal Cancer - Follow Up Guide (PDF 504K)
Depression (2013) Depression Resource Guide: Information Sources for Patients (PDF 140K)
Diabetes Care (2010) Diabetes Care - Patient Education and Resources (PDF 140K)
Febrile Seizures (2010) Febrile Seizures - Parent Education and Resources (PDF 222K)
Heart Failure Care (2008) Resources for People with Heart Failure (PDF 197K)
Hypertension (2008) Hypertension (PDF 133K)
Kidney Disease (2008) Chronic Kidney Disease (PDF 170K)
Osteoarthritis in Peripheral Joints (2008) Patient Guide for People Living with Osteoarthritis (PDF 221K)
A Guide for People with Hip Osteoarthritis (PDF 428K)
A Guide for People with Knee Osteoarthritis (PDF 315K)
A Guide for People with Hand Osteoarthritis (PDF 422K)
Choosing a Complementary Therapy (PDF 223K)
Osteoporosis: Diagnosis, Treatment and Fracture Prevention (2012) Osteoporosis: Diagnosis, Treatment and Fracture Prevention - A Guide for Patients (PDF 295K)
Otitis Media (2010) Otitis Media in Children - A Guide for Parents (PDF 170K)
Rheumatoid Arthritis (2006) Rheumatoid Arthritis (PDF 266K)
Stroke and Transient Ischemic Attack (2009) Stroke and Transient Ischemic Attack (PDF 152K)
Vitamin D Testing Protocol (2010) Vitamin D Testing Protocol - A Patient Guide for Adults (PDF 235K)
Warfarin Therapy Management (2010) Patient Guide 1: Warfarin: A Guide for Patients (PDF 276K)
Patient Guide 2: Warfarin and Food: Guide for Patients (PDF 223K)
Warfarin Therapy - Management During Invasive Procedures and Surgery (2010) Schedule for Anticoagulation Medications Before and After Surgery/Procedure (PDF 220K)

Disclaimer The Clinical Practice Guidelines (the "Guidelines") have been developed by the Guidelines and Protocols Advisory Committee on behalf of the Medical Services Commission. The Guidelines are intended to give an understanding of a clinical problem and outline one or more preferred approaches to the investigation and management of the problem. The Guidelines are not intended as a substitute for the advice or professional judgment of a health care professional, nor are they intended to be the only approach to the management of clinical problems.  We cannot respond to patients or patient advocates requesting advice on issues related to medical conditions. If you need medical advice, please contact a health care professional.