Practice Guidelines

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

May 1, 2010 Issue
ACP Releases Guideline on Hormone Testing and Pharmacologic Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction
As the general population ages and life expectancy increases, erectile dysfunction (ED) is anticipated to be a major health care burden. Therefore, the American College of Physicians (ACP) created a guideline on hormone testing and pharmacologic treatment of ED.

Apr 15, 2010 Issue
ACEP Releases Guidelines on Evaluation of Suspected Acute Appendicitis
The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has developed evidence-based recommendations to help physicians judge which clinical findings are most useful for guiding decision making in patients with suspected acute appendicitis. The guidelines also address the use of contrast dye in imaging and the choice of imaging modality in children.

Apr 1, 2010 Issue
ACOG Guidelines on Pregnancy After Bariatric Surgery
Counseling and treating women who become pregnant after bariatric surgery present unique challenges. Although outcomes are generally good, nutritional and surgical complications can arise. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recently reviewed the available evidence on pregnancy outcomes after bariatric surgery.

Mar 15, 2010 Issue
ASCO Updates Guideline on the Use of Pharmacologic Interventions to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
The American Society of Clinical Oncology's (ASCO) updated guideline addresses: (1) the use of tamoxifen, raloxifene (Evista), aromatase inhibitors, and fenretinide (not available in the United States) versus no pharmacologic intervention to reduce the risk of breast cancer; (2) the comparative effectiveness of tamoxifen, raloxifene, aromatase inhibitors, and fenretinide; and (3) effective and responsible communication between physicians and patients about breast cancer risk reduction in women eligible to consider use of these agents.

Mar 1, 2010 Issue
ACC and AHA Update on Chronic Heart Failure Guidelines
In 2009, the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) published a focused update of the ACC/AHA 2005 Guideline Update for the Diagnosis and Management of Chronic Heart Failure in the Adult.

Feb 15, 2010 Issue
AAP Updates Guidelines on Rotavirus Vaccination
A live, oral human-bovine reassortant rotavirus vaccine (RV5; Rotateq) was approved in 2006, followed by a live, oral human attenuated rotavirus vaccine (RV1; Rotarix) in 2008. Since the licensure of RV1, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has updated its guidelines on the routine use of rotavirus vaccine in infants.

Feb 1, 2010 Issue
AHA Guidelines on Prevention of Rheumatic Fever and Diagnosis and Treatment of Acute Streptococcal Pharyngitis
Group A streptococcus (GAS) infections of the pharynx are the precipitating cause of rheumatic fever. Proper diagnosis and adequate antibiotic treatment of GAS infections can prevent acute rheumatic fever in most cases. The American Heart Association (AHA) recently updated its recommendations on the prevention of rheumatic fever.

Jan 15, 2010 Issue
ACIP Releases 2010 Immunization Schedules
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has added the bivalent vaccine to the child and adolescent immunization schedules, providing recommendations for harmonization between the schedules for both vaccines.

Jan 1, 2010 Issue
ASCO and AUA Release Guideline on Prostate Cancer Chemoprevention with 5-Alpha Reductase Inhibitors
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and American Urological Association (AUA) developed a practice guideline on the benefits and harms of 5-alpha reductase inhibitors for prevention of prostate cancer.

Dec 15, 2009 Issue
ACOG Guidelines for Managing Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndrome
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has produced guidelines for physicians caring for patients with BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations. Hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome is an inherited cancer-susceptibility syndrome.

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