Benefits of Using the Guidelines
- Easy desktop access
- Supports the flexibility of smart devices, such as phones and tablets
- Access the guidelines anytime, anywhere – even in remote areas
- User-friendly website that allows keyword searches and the ability to bookmark specific topics
How the guidelines are accessed
Guidelines have been accessed by 69 Arkansas counties. While the guidelines are developed to support Arkansas’ health care providers, there are registrants from 49 states and D.C. plus 36 countries. Over 3000 health care providers utilize this resource. Examples of frequently viewed guidelines include Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy, Diabetes in Pregnancy, and Breastfeeding.
Guidelines for Best Practices
Since 2003 the Angels guidelines have bridged the expertise of maternal-fetal medicine and neonatology specialists to rural areas across Arkansas. Clinicians, as well as mothers and newborns, stand to benefit from a consensus approach of providing obstetrical and neonatal care, tailored for Arkansas’ women and babies. Both urban and rural providers are encouraged to participate in guideline development and improvement. Additionally, obstetrical and neonatal best practices are discussed during weekly teleconferences between UAMS specialists and clinicians at remote sites across the state.
Guidelines serve as a powerful tool for making better-informed decisions and improving care. The collaborative guideline development team includes expert Arkansas authors and reviewers from multiple disciplines, out-of-state peer reviewers, and research librarians. Annually reviewed and updated by content experts, the guidelines combine national evidence-based standards with clinical experience and include resources available in Arkansas.