Practice Guidelines

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

Oct 15, 2013 Issue
ACIP Releases Influenza Vaccination Updates for 2013-2014
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has updated its annual guidelines for routine influenza vaccination in 2013–2014. Vaccination is recommended for all persons six months or older who do not have contraindications.

Oct 1, 2013 Issue
Diagnosis of Stable Ischemic Heart Disease: Recommendations from the ACP
The American College of Physicians (ACP), in collaboration with the American College of Cardiology Foundation, American Heart Association, American Association for Thoracic Surgery, Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association, and Society of Thoracic Surgeons, has developed a guideline that helps physicians diagnose known or suspected cases of stable ischemic heart disease (IHD).

Sep 15, 2013 Issue
ACR Publishes Guidelines for Pharmacologic and Nonpharmacologic Treatment of Gout
The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) has developed recommendations for the management of gout. The recommendations call for a systematic nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic management approach that is intended to be applicable to all patients with gout.

Sep 1, 2013 Issue
IDSA Updates Guideline for Managing Group A Streptococcal Pharyngitis
The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) has updated its 2002 guideline on managing group A streptococcal pharyngitis. The illness primarily occurs in children five to 15 years of age. Patients typically present with sudden onset of a sore throat, pain with swallowing, and fever.

Aug 15, 2013 Issue
ACOG Releases Practice Bulletin on Osteoporosis
This practice bulletin from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) reviews diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment options for women with osteoporosis.

Aug 1, 2013 Issue
AACAP Releases Practice Parameter on Sexual Orientation, Gender Nonconformity, and Gender Identity Issues in Children and Adolescents
Children and adolescents who are gay, lesbian, or bisexual, and those with gender nonconformity or gender discordance may be affected by negative attitudes, putting them at risk of certain mental health conditions. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) has released practice principles to consider when caring for these patients.

Jul 15, 2013 Issue
Endocrine Society Releases Guidelines on Diagnosis and Management of Hypertriglyceridemia
The Endocrine Society recently published evidence-based recommendations on the diagnosis and management of hypertriglyceridemia in adults. Contributing factors include overweight and obesity, physical inactivity, excessive alcohol intake, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and certain genetic disorders (e.g., familial hypertriglyceridemia, familial combined hyperlipidemia, familial dysbetalipoproteinemia).

Jul 1, 2013 Issue
CDC Issues Recommendations for Identifying HCV Infection in Persons Born in 1945 Through 1965
Identifying HCV infection through testing is important to improve health outcomes in persons born in 1945 through 1965, because of increased risk of liver cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma, and extrahepatic complications. The HCV Birth Cohort Testing Work Group, including experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other medical and professional organizations, has released birth-year–based recommendations to augment the 1998 HCV testing guidelines from the CDC.

Jun 15, 2013 Issue
AAP Releases Guideline on Diagnosis and Management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome in Children
Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) commonly occurs in children, and if not treated, can cause complications. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) originally released a guideline on the diagnosis and management of OSAS in children in 2002, but because of the significant increase in research on OSAS, the guideline was updated in 2012.

Jun 1, 2013 Issue
AUA Releases Guideline on Diagnosis and Treatment of Overactive Bladder
Overactive bladder is characterized by urinary symptoms including urgency, frequency, and nocturia, with or without urge incontinence. The American Urological Association (AUA) recently published recommendations to provide a clinical framework for the diagnosis and treatment of non-neurogenic overactive bladder.

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