Practice Guidelines

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

Jul 1, 2015 Issue
AAO-HNSF Releases Guideline on Managing Tinnitus
Tinnitus, the perception of sound without an external source, can be caused by a variety of conditions. Prevalence in the United States is approximately 10% to 15%. It can be categorized as primary (idiopathic and accompanied by or not by sensorineural hearing loss) and secondary (caused by a specific condition or problem other than sensorineural hearing loss). This guideline from the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO–HNSF) provides guidance on the management of bothersome tinnitus lasting at least six months.

Jun 15, 2015 Issue
Diagnosis and Nonsurgical Treatment of DDH in Infants Up to Six Months of Age: Recommendations from the AAOS
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has provided guidance, based on limited and moderate evidence, on diagnosing and nonsurgical treatments for developmental dysplasia of the hip in infants up to six months of age.

Jun 1, 2015 Issue
ACP Provides Guidance on Nonsurgical Treatment of Urinary Incontinence in Women
The American College of Physicians (ACP) has provided recommendations for nonsurgical treatment of UI in women. Treatment of UI is aimed at achieving, or at least improving, symptoms. It is deemed effective if it reduces the number of episodes by at least one-half.

May 15, 2015 Issue
ACP Provides Guidance on Screening Pelvic Examination in Women
This guideline from the American College of Physicians (ACP) provides evidence on the use of pelvic examination to screen for pathology in average-risk, non-pregnant women. This guideline concentrates on screening in women without symptoms; a pelvic examination with bimanual examination may be used in some non-screening circumstances.

May 1, 2015 Issue
AAP Releases Policy Statement on Screening for Nonviral Sexually Transmitted Infections in Adolescents and Young Adults
This policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) provides recommendations on routine screening for nonviral STIs in adolescents and young adults (25 years and younger).

Apr 15, 2015 Issue
AAP Releases Practice Guideline on Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention of Bronchiolitis
This guideline on the diagnosis, management, and prevention of bronchiolitis in children one to 23 months of age from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updates a previous guideline published in 2006.

Apr 1, 2015 Issue
HIV Prevention: Recommendations from the International Antiviral Society—USA Panel
With the introduction of combination antiretroviral therapy (ART), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has become a chronic disease that can be managed, rather than a deadly infection. The International Antiviral Society—USA Panel has provided recommendations regarding these approaches that, when applied, should help to stop disease progression and new infections, as well as contribute to additional healthy years of life.

Mar 15, 2015 Issue
ART for HIV: Recommendations from the International Antiviral Society—USA Panel
The International Antiviral Society—USA Panel has provided recommendations for management of HIV infection with antiretroviral therapy (ART). Evidence has shown that ART for treatment of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection is effective in preventing transmission among couples. Additionally, newer ART medications have greater effectiveness and tolerability and lower toxicity, making treatment for longer timeframes more easily achievable.

Mar 1, 2015 Issue
AHA/ASA Release Guideline on Stroke Prevention in Women
The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) have released a guideline to help physicians identify women with increased risk of stroke and initiate appropriate preventive measures. The guideline includes recommendations on pregnancy and stroke; cerebral venous thrombosis; use of oral contraceptives; use of postmenopausal hormone therapy; migraine with aura; obesity, metabolic syndrome, and lifestyle; and atrial fibrillation.

Feb 15, 2015 Issue
ACIP Releases 2015 Adult Immunization Schedule
The 2015 adult immunization schedule from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a few changes that are particularly relevant to family physicians.

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