BACKGROUND: One method for achieving medical practice to be more evident, especially in the field of primary care, is to encourage the use of clinical guidelines. If development of guidelines is difficult because of time and cost, an evidence based foreign guidelines can be selected and translated into Korean for application. METHODS: A team was formed, consisting of 11 family physician experts on evidence based medicine and clinical practice guidelines. We selected six respiratory diseases requiring clinical guidelines because of variability in practice. We searched several clinical practice guideline databases and selected one guideline according to currency, scope of guideline, whether it was evidence based, and its feasibility in the field of primay care. We translated selected guideline's full-texts or summaries which were done by authorized organization into Korean. RESULTS: The selected respiratory diseases were chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, pneumonia, sinusitis, rhinitis, and influenza. According to criterion, we selected GOLD (Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease) for chronic obstructive lung disease, GINA (Global initiative for asthma) for asthma, CDC (Center for disease control) guideline for influenza, IDSA (Infectious Diseases Society of America) guideline for pneumonia, AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) guideline for sinusitis, and JCAAI (Joint Council of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology) for rhinitis. CONCLUSION: We selected six common respiratory diseases and the most appropriate evidence based guidelines for those particular diseases.