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Practice Guidelines

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

Sep 15, 2017 Issue
Low Back Pain: American College of Physicians Practice Guideline on Noninvasive Treatments
The American College of Physicians has released a guideline, which partially updates its 2007 guideline, to provide recommendations for noninvasive treatment of acute (duration less than four weeks), subacute (duration of four to 12 weeks), and chronic (duration longer than 12 weeks) low back pain. It does not address topical or epidural therapies.


Sep 1, 2017 Issue
Newly Detected Atrial Fibrillation: AAFP Updates Guideline on Pharmacologic Management
The American Academy of Family Physicians, with the American College of Physicians, has updated its 2003 guideline to provide guidance on atrial fibrillation treatment via medication in the primary care setting. The guideline focuses on adults with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation as diagnosed by electrocardiography; atrial fibrillation with a valvular or reversible etiology is not addressed in this update.


Aug 15, 2017 Issue
Cerumen Impaction: An Updated Guideline from the AAO—HNSF
This update from the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO–HNSF) provides guidance for persons older than six months diagnosed with cerumen impaction.


Aug 1, 2017 Issue
Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip in Infants: A Clinical Report from the AAP on Evaluation and Referral
Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) can range from a mild abnormality to dislocation. In infants and young children, it is asymptomatic; therefore, screening is required to diagnose it in otherwise healthy children.


Jul 15, 2017 Issue
Peanut Allergy Prevention: Guidelines from the NIAID
The NIAID has provided addendum guidelines, which include recommendations based on new evidence for peanut allergy prevention.


Jul 1, 2017 Issue
Use of Media by School-Aged Children and Adolescents: A Policy Statement from the AAP
Children and adolescents are exposed to a variety of broadcast (e.g., television, movies) and interactive (e.g., social media, video games) media. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released a policy statement on the use of media in children and adolescents five to 18 years of age.


Jun 15, 2017 Issue
SIDS and Safe Sleeping Environments for Infants: AAP Updates Recommendations
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated its recommendations to reduce the risk of SIDS and suffocation, asphyxia, and entrapment associated with sleep, focusing on SUIDs that transpire during sleep in infants one year or younger.


Jun 1, 2017 Issue
Acne Vulgaris: Treatment Guidelines from the AAD
Acne vulgaris, which occurs in 50 million persons living in the United States, is associated with physical and psychological morbidity (e.g., scarring, poor self-image, depression) and results in more than $3 billion in direct costs annually. In addition, knowledge about its pathogenesis is constantly evolving. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has released guidelines for managing acne vulgaris in adolescents and adults.


May 15, 2017 Issue
Treatment of Chronic Insomnia in Adults: ACP Guideline
The American College of Physicians (ACP) has provided recommendations for treatment of chronic insomnia in adults. Treatment, which can include psychological or pharmacologic therapy, alone or combined, as well as complementary and alternative methods, is aimed at improving sleep, distress, and dysfunction.


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.


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