Clinical Guidelines & Protocols

MaineHealth clinical guidelines and protocols are available to assist clinicians in standardizing patient care and optimizing health outcomes. Our guidelines translate national recommendations and the best available evidence into local context.

Guidelines are not meant to be prescriptive. The clinician retains the responsibility to select the appropriate guideline for a particular patient and to use the guideline to the extent that it serves the individual patient. Any given approach must be carefully considered with each individual patient to ensure that an effective shared decision-making process is in place, which reflects the patient’s personal wishes, medical history and family history.

MaineHealth Institute for Research

The MaineHealth Institute for Research supports and encourages a broad spectrum of research at MaineHealth ranging from basic laboratory-based research through translational research, which works to apply basic discoveries to medical problems, to clinical research, which studies the direct application of new drugs, devices and treatment protocols to patients, to health services research which seeks to use research methods to help improve and evaluate health care delivery programs and new technologies.