Practice Guidelines

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

Apr 15, 2014 Issue
AAP Releases Guideline on Diagnosis and Management of Acute Bacterial Sinusitis in Children One to 18 Years of Age
Approximately 6% to 7% of children presenting with respiratory symptoms have acute sinusitis. This practice guideline from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which updates the 2001 guideline, discusses diagnosis and management of acute bacterial sinusitis in children one to 18 years of age.

Apr 1, 2014 Issue
Evaluation and Management of Concussion in Athletes: Recommendations from the AAN
The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) studied the incidence of concussion in high school and college athletes to address related clinical questions.

Mar 15, 2014 Issue
ACG Releases Guideline on Diagnosis and Management of Celiac Disease
There has been a substantial increase in the prevalence of celiac disease over the past 50 years, and in the rate of diagnosis over the past decade. Despite this, it remains underdiagnosed in the United States. The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) has released clinical guidelines with recommendations for diagnosing and managing celiac disease.

Mar 1, 2014 Issue
AAP Releases Guideline for the Management of Gastroesophageal Reflux in Children
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has published a guideline on the management of gastroesophageal reflux (GER) in children based on recommendations from the North American and European Societies for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition. It is important to determine whether the patient has gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) to facilitate appropriate treatment and to determine which patients need to be referred to a gastroenterologist.

Feb 15, 2014 Issue
ACIP Releases 2014 Adult Immunization Schedule
The 2014 immunization schedule for adults from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has a few changes that are particularly relevant to family physicians. The schedule is available at

Feb 1, 2014 Issue
ACIP Releases 2014 Child and Adolescent Immunization Schedules
There are a few changes to the 2014 immunization schedule for children and adolescents, as well as the catch-up schedule, from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) that are pertinent for family physicians.

Jan 15, 2014 Issue
AUA Releases Guideline on Early Detection of Prostate Cancer
In April 2013, the American Urological Association (AUA) released a guideline on early detection of prostate cancer, namely to reduce prostate cancer mortality.

Jan 1, 2014 Issue
ACS Releases Guideline on Screening for Lung Cancer with Low-Dose Computed Tomography
In late 2010, results from the National Lung Screening Trial showed that lung cancer mortality was significantly reduced in high-risk adults who received annual screenings using low-dose computed tomography (CT). After these results were announced, the American Cancer Society (ACS) joined with the American College of Chest Physicians, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network to produce a systematic review on the evidence for screening for lung cancer using low-dose CT.

Dec 15, 2013 Issue
ACP Publishes Recommendations on Upper Endoscopy for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
Data suggest that upper endoscopy in patients with symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is useful only in certain situations. To help physicians avoid the overuse of interventions that have little effect on health outcomes, the American College of Physicians (ACP) recently published recommendations on the appropriate use of upper endoscopy in patients with GERD symptoms.

Dec 15, 2013 Issue
AHA Releases Recommendation on Ankle-Brachial Index Measurement and Interpretation
The ankle-brachial index (ABI) is the ratio of the systolic blood pressure at the ankle to the systolic blood pressure at the brachial artery. The American Heart Association (AHA) released a scientific statement on the measurement and interpretation of ABI, including standardization of measurement technique and the threshold for diagnosing PAD.

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