Practice Guidelines

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

Mar 15, 2011 Issue
ICSI Releases Guideline on Diagnosis and Management of ADHD in Children
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common condition marked by inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. The Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) has released guideline on diagnosis and management of ADHD in children.

Mar 1, 2011 Issue
AAP Reports on Diagnosis and Prevention of Iron Deficiency Anemia
Iron is the most common single-nutrient deficiency among children in developing countries and is a common cause of anemia in industrialized nations. A report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) provides information on the diagnosis and prevention of iron deficiency anemia.

Feb 15, 2011 Issue
AAN Releases Guideline on Magnetic Resonance Imaging for Diagnosing Acute Ischemic Stroke
Computed tomography (CT) is the diagnostic standard for acute stroke even though its accuracy has not been formally established. Its sensitivity for diagnosing ischemic stroke in the initial hours is limited; therefore, improved accuracy is needed to develop and provide optimal stroke treatment. The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) evaluated the evidence for the use of magnetic resonance imaging in the diagnosis of acute ischemic stroke.

Feb 1, 2011 Issue
ACIP Releases 2011 Immunization Schedules
Each year the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updates the recommended immunization schedules for children, adolescents, and adults. These schedules describe the immunizations recommended for routine administration in each age group and include revisions and new recommendations adopted by ACIP in the previous 12 months.

Jan 15, 2011 Issue
ACOG Updates Recommendations on Vaginal Birth After Previous Cesarean Delivery
The rate of cesarean delivery has increased dramatically in the United States over the past four decades, perpetuated somewhat by the dictum “once a cesarean, always a cesarean.” However, evidence has shown that many women who have had a cesarean delivery can safely deliver vaginally in subsequent pregnancies. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has released updated recommendations on vaginal birth after previous cesarean delivery.

Jan 1, 2011 Issue
ACOG Updates Guideline on Diagnosis and Treatment of Endometriosis
Endometriosis is a chronic gynecologic disorder that commonly manifests as chronic pain and infertility. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has updated the guideline on diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis.

Dec 15, 2010 Issue
Updated Recommendations on Daily Aspirin Use in Patients with Diabetes
To address the uncertainties about aspirin use in persons with diabetes, experts from the American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, and American College of Cardiology Foundation reviewed the current evidence and updated the 2007 recommendations.

Dec 1, 2010 Issue
ACS Recommendations on Prostate Cancer Screening
Although there have been substantive advances in the understanding of prostate cancer screening since the previous American Cancer Society (ACS) guideline update in 2001, there are still uncertainties about the overall value of early detection. Evidence that periodic prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing may reduce the risk of prostate cancer– related mortality must be weighed against the risks associated with early detection and treatment, particularly against the risk of treating men who would not have adverse effects if their cancer had not been detected.

Nov 15, 2010 Issue
AAP Updates Policy Statement on Athletic Participation by Children and Adolescents with Systemic Hypertension
The most common cardiovascular condition in competitive athletes is hypertension. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated its policy statement using new recommendations made in the 2005 36th Bethesda Conference guidelines; the 2004 Fourth Report on the Diagnosis, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents; and the 2003 Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure.

Nov 15, 2010 Issue
ACOG Recommendations on Emergency Contraception
American College of Obstetricians Gynecologists (ACOG) recommendations on emergency contraception. Common indications include contraceptive failure (e.g., condom breakage, missed doses of oral contraceptives) and failure to use any form of contraception.

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