Practice Guidelines

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

Jul 1, 2014 Issue
ACP Releases Guideline on the Management of OSA
The American College of Physicians (ACP) has developed a guideline to assist physicians in choosing the best initial treatment for adults with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Management is based on type and severity of symptoms and on patient education about the benefits vs. adverse effects associated with the treatment options.

Jun 15, 2014 Issue
ACOG Releases Guidelines on Management of Abnormal Uterine Bleeding Associated with Ovulatory Dysfunction
Abnormal uterine bleeding related to ovulatory dysfunction (i.e., oligo-ovulation and anovulation) is a range of disorders often associated with heavy, irregular bleeding. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) treatment recommendations are based on the assumption that a physician has confirmed the diagnosis, as well as ruled out endometrial and structural pathologies.

Jun 1, 2014 Issue
Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis: A Clinical Practice Guideline from the AAOS
This clinical guideline from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) updates the one previously published in 2008 and addresses treatment of symptomatic knee osteoarthritis in adults 19 years and older.

May 15, 2014 Issue
AAP Releases Report on the Evaluation of Children When Sexual Abuse Is Suspected
Childhood sexual abuse is common and can lead to lifelong physical and psychological problems. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released a report to assist physicians in evaluating children who may have been sexually abused, determining when to report the case, and counseling families.

May 1, 2014 Issue
AAO-HNSF Releases Guideline on Tympanostomy Tubes in Children
The American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO–HNSF) has released a guideline on the indications for tube placement in children, as well as perioperative counseling.

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

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