Practice Guidelines

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

May 1, 2017 Issue
Pharmacologic Treatment of Hypertension: ACP and AAFP Release Recommendations for Adults 60 Years and Older
The American College of Physicians (ACP) and American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) have made recommendations for all clinicians to treat hypertension in persons 60 years and older, based on the benefits and harms of higher (less than 150 mm Hg) and lower (140 mm Hg or less) systolic BP targets.

Apr 15, 2017 Issue
Fever in Well-Appearing Children Younger Than Two Years: A Clinical Policy from the ACEP
The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has released a clinical policy addressing issues in children younger than two years who visit the emergency department with fever, but who appear well.

Apr 1, 2017 Issue
Management of Chronic Pain and Opioid Misuse: A Position Paper from the AAFP
Overprescribing, misuse, diversion, and dependence on opioids have occurred as a result of external pressures, physician behavior, inadequate evidence, and pharmacologic development. Family physicians could play an important role in alleviating these problems; therefore, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is committed to ensuring family physicians are a part of the solution.

Mar 15, 2017 Issue
NPMS Releases Consensus Statement on Venous Thromboembolism During Pregnancy
The main strategy for preventing VTE-related mortality is thromboprophylaxis, but guidance regarding its use differs across specialties and organizations. For this reason, the National Partnership for Maternal Safety (NPMS), a group made up of a variety of leaders in women's health care, has created a safety bundle to review current guidance and make recommendations regarding venous thromboembolism during pregnancy.

Mar 1, 2017 Issue
AAP Releases Guideline on Brief Resolved Unexplained Events (BRUEs) and Evaluation of Lower-Risk Infants
This guideline from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) addresses apparent life-threatening events (ALTEs), a term recommended to be replaced by brief resolved unexplained events (BRUEs).

Feb 15, 2017 Issue
ACIP Releases 2017 Adult Immunization Recommendations
Each year the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reviews and updates the adult immunization schedule to incorporate any published updates or corrections from the previous year. The 2017 adult immunization schedule includes several updates and is available at

Feb 15, 2017 Issue
ACIP Releases 2017 Childhood Immunization Recommendations
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reviews and updates the childhood immunization schedule annually to reflect recently published updates or corrections from the previous year. The 2017 childhood immunization schedule is available at This year's schedule features a new table and several key recommendation changes.

Feb 1, 2017 Issue
AAN Updates Guidelines on the Uses of Botulinum Neurotoxin
In 2008, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) published guidelines on the use of botulinum neurotoxin. This summary highlights updates on four indications: blepharospasm, cervical dystonia, spasticity in adults, and headache.

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.

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