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Ann Gen Psychiatry. 2010; 9(Suppl 1): S43.
Published online 2010 April 22. doi:  10.1186/1744-859X-9-S1-S43
PMCID: PMC2991955

WFSBP Treatment Guidelines and the problem of evidence grading

The World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry (WFSBP) has developed several drug treatment guidelines. The following guidelines have either been published already or will be published soon [1-8]

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