Protocols are guidelines used by healthcare professionals for the planning, care and management of health conditions. It may include a detailed plan for assessing a healthcare treatment or procedure. Better yet, a healing protocol is best described as a template (or blueprint) that includes various options for improving the quality of life & decreasing the risk of disease. Protocols should always be individualized to the unique needs of each person.
How Protocols are Used
These protocols have been used by clinicians for the planning, care and management of health conditions in which non-optimal hormone function is the primary concern, or in which non-optimal hormone function is part of the clinical condition. Within each of the protocols there are variations which also allow customization for therapeutic management of common hormone related conditions.
Protocol Updates and Protocol Feedback
Protocol updates are based on new clinical observations and new findings in the medical and scientific literature. Feedback on protocols is encouraged, so there is a feedback form at the bottom of the page for each protocol. The feedback is reviewed, and evaluated in light of clinical experience and review of published international scientific/medical research.
Protocol feedback is encouraged from two groups of users: 1) healthcare professionals, nutritionists, health advisors, health teachers, personal trainers, fitness trainers, life coaches, health coaches or other persons acting in any other advisory role and 2) patients, clients, consumers, customers, etc. Each group has their own valuable insights into the use of these protocols.
While protocols have traditionally been available only for viewing and use by healthcare professionals, advances in doctor/patient relationships have resulted in evidence based clinical practice guidelines being open to public viewing.1