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Practice Guidelines

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

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.


Feb 15, 2015 Issue
ACIP Releases 2015 Childhood Immunization Schedules
The 2015 immunization schedule for children and the catch-up schedule from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have a few changes that are pertinent for family physicians.


Feb 1, 2015 Issue
Planning for Labor and Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Delivery: Guidelines from the AAFP
This guideline from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which provides information on health outcomes associated with labor after cesarean delivery/vaginal birth after cesarean delivery (LAC/VBAC), replaces the 2005 guideline on trial of labor after cesarean delivery. Its purpose is to assist physicians with planning for LAC/VBAC, which are appropriate for most women.


Jan 15, 2015 Issue
AHA and ASA Release Guideline for Prevention of Future Stroke in Patients with Stroke or TIA
The American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association (ASA) have updated their guideline on prevention of future stroke in patients with a history of stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA). Currently, the average annual rate of future stroke in these patients is at a historic low.


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.


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