Practice Guidelines

Practice Guidelines summarize important clinical recommendations from major medical organizations and the federal government.

Jan 15, 2017 Issue
CDC Updates Recommendations for Contraceptive Use
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) first published the U.S. Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use (U.S. SPR) in 2013 to provide direction for safe and effective use of contraceptive methods. These guidelines update the 2013 report.

Jan 1, 2017 Issue
ADA Updates Standards of Medical Care for Patients with Diabetes Mellitus
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recently updated its standards of care to provide the components of diabetes care, general treatment goals, and tools to evaluate the quality of care. Key changes in the 2016 update include new screening recommendations, clarification of diagnostic testing, and recommendations on the use of new technology for diabetes prevention, the use of continuous glucose monitoring devices, cardiovascular risk management, and screening for hyperlipidemia in children with type 1 diabetes.

Dec 15, 2016 Issue
ACP/CDC Provide Guidelines on the Use of Antibiotics for Acute Respiratory Tract Infection
The American College of Physicians (ACP) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guideline on appropriate antibiotic use in the treatment of healthy adults with acute respiratory tract infection outlines one of the medical community's top priorities.

Dec 1, 2016 Issue
CDC Updates Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) first published the U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, which is a companion document to the U.S. Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use, in 2010 to provide guidelines on safely using a variety of contraceptive methods. These guidelines update the 2010 report.

Nov 15, 2016 Issue
Society for Vascular Surgery Releases Guideline on Managing the Diabetic Foot
The Society for Vascular Surgery collaborated with the American Podiatric Medical Association and the Society for Vascular Medicine to create evidence-based guidelines to improve the care of patients with a diabetic foot.

Nov 1, 2016 Issue
AAO-HNS Releases Updated Guideline on Management of Otitis Media with Effusion
Otitis media with effusion (OME) is defined as the presence of fluid in the middle ear in the absence of signs or symptoms of acute ear infection. This practice guideline from the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) provides recommendations to improve diagnostic accuracy, identify children most at risk of developmental sequelae from OME, and educate physicians and patients on the natural history of OME and the lack of clinical benefits of medical therapy.

Oct 15, 2016 Issue
ACIP Updates Influenza Vaccination Recommendations for 2016-2017
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has released its annual recommendations for routine influenza vaccination in the 2016–2017 season.

Oct 1, 2016 Issue
ACR Appropriateness Criteria for Acute Onset of Flank Pain with Suspicion of Stone Disease
The American College of Radiology (ACR) has established appropriateness criteria to assist in the selection process. Procedures with a rating of 9 are considered most appropriate, and those with a rating of 1 least appropriate. These guidelines rate the suitability of computed tomography (CT), ultrasonography, radiography, and magnetic resonance imaging for patients who present with suspected stone disease, recurrent stone disease symptoms, or abdominal pain in pregnancy.

Sep 15, 2016 Issue
AAFP Releases Position Paper on Preconception care
The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has released a position paper providing evidence-based recommendations that address reproductive health care.

Sep 1, 2016 Issue
CDC Releases Updated Guidelines for Postexposure Prophylaxis After Sexual, Injection Drug, or Other Nonoccupational Exposures to HIV
Postexposure prophylaxis (PEP) with anti-retroviral drugs to prevent transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) following sexual or injection drug use exposures (nonoccupational PEP or nPEP) is an essential intervention requiring a timely response. Updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide clinicians with guidance on assessing and managing exposures, new nPEP regimens, schedules for baseline and follow-up testing for HIV and associated infections, and longer-term prevention measures including preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP).

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