Clinical Mindlines

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Internalized, collectively reinforced and tacit guidelines that are implemented and refined by clinicians´ training, by their own and others experience, along their interaction with their role sets, from reading, in the way they have learned to handle the conflicting demands, from their understanding of local circumstances and systems and through a host of other sources.

Clinical mindlines are described in the primary care setting by the authors Gabbay and le May.(1;2)


(1) Gabbay J, Le May A. Evidence based guidelines or collectively constructed “mindlines?” Ethnographic study of knowledge management in primary care. BMJ 2004 Oct 30;329(7473):1013.

(2) Gabbay J, Le May A. Practice-based evidence for healthcare. Oxon: Routledge; 2011.