Practice Guidelines

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

Jan 1, 2015 Issue
AAFP Releases Position Paper on Breastfeeding
Family physicians can have an important role in promoting breastfeeding, and are well positioned to provide support in the context of family-centered care. The position paper from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) provides key recommendations to assist family physicians in filling this role.

Dec 15, 2014 Issue
AAP Issues Updated Guidance on Palivizumab Prophylaxis for RSV Infection
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Infectious Diseases has updated its guidance on the use of palivizumab (Synagis) prophylaxis in infants and children at increased risk of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection. Because the palivizumab package labeling does not include a definition of high-risk children, the AAP aims to provide health care professionals with specific guidance on who should receive prophylaxis.

Dec 1, 2014 Issue
Management of Atopic Dermatitis: Guideline from the American Academy of Dermatology
Atopic dermatitis, a common and chronic skin condition, affects persons of all ages. Topical therapy is the mainstay of treatment, and in severe cases, it is often combined with systemic therapy. This guideline from the American Academy of Dermatology provides information about the treatment of atopic dermatitis, including the effectiveness, dosing, and adverse effects of nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic interventions.

Nov 15, 2014 Issue
AAO-HNSF Releases Clinical Practice Guideline on Acute Otitis Externa
A diagnosis of acute otitis externa (AOE) requires sudden onset (e.g., within 48 hours) within the past three weeks of symptoms (e.g., otalgia, itching, fullness, hearing loss, jaw pain) and signs (e.g., tenderness of the tragus or pinna) indicating inflammation of the ear canal. Because there is a variance in management options and because accurate diagnosis of AOE is important, the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO–HNSF) chose to update its previously released guideline on AOE.

Nov 1, 2014 Issue
IDSA Releases Recommendations on Vaccinations in Immunocompromised Patients
Recommended vaccination schedules for immunocompetent children and adults are published annually by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vaccination of immunocompromised patients is important because impaired host defenses predispose patients to an increased risk of vaccine-preventable infections. These patients also have a greater risk of exposure to pathogens because of their frequent contact with medical environments.

Oct 15, 2014 Issue
ACIP Releases Updated Recommendations on Influenza Vaccination to Include the 2014-2015 Season
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has released its yearly recommendations for routine influenza vaccination in the 2014–2015 season.

Oct 1, 2014 Issue
JNC8 Guidelines for the Management of Hypertension in Adults
Hypertension is one of the most important preventable contributors to disease and death in the United States, leading to myocardial infarction, stroke, and renal failure when it is not detected early and treated appropriately. The Eighth Joint National Committee (JNC 8) recently released evidence-based recommendations on treatment thresholds, goals, and medications in the management of hypertension in adults.

Sep 15, 2014 Issue
ACOG Releases Guideline on Gestational Diabetes
Gestational diabetes increases the risk of gestational hypertension, preeclampsia, cesarean delivery, and developing diabetes later in life. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has released a guideline that provides recommendations based on good-quality research and identifies current gaps in knowledge.

Sep 1, 2014 Issue
ACOG Releases Clinical Guidelines on Management of Menopausal Symptoms
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has provided recommendations for the treatment of vasomotor and vaginal symptoms related to menopause.

Aug 15, 2014 Issue
ACC/AHA Release Updated Guideline on the Treatment of Blood Cholesterol to Reduce ASCVD Risk
The Blood Cholesterol Expert Panel from the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) issued an updated evidence-based guideline in 2013 that addresses the use of fixed doses of cholesterol-lowering drugs (statins) to reduce the risk of ASCVD in adults 21 years and older.

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