Practice Guidelines

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

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.

Dec 1, 2013 Issue
ACOG Releases Guidelines on Cervical Cancer Screening
The incidence of cervical cancer, as well as mortality rates from the disease, has decreased over the past 30 years because of widespread screening with cervical cytology. Screening technologies and risk-benefit considerations for different age groups continue to evolve. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has released a guideline on screening for cervical cancer.

Nov 15, 2013 Issue
AAP Releases Guideline on Managing Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Patients 10 to 18 Years of Age
Childhood type 2 diabetes poses a challenge to many physicians who are not used to treating this disease in such young patients. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released a guideline of evidence-based recommendations for treating type 2 diabetes in patients 10 to 18 years of age. The guideline focuses on treatments that have been shown to affect clinical outcomes in these patients.

Nov 1, 2013 Issue
Management of Stable Ischemic Heart Disease: Recommendations from the ACP
The American College of Physicians (ACP) has developed a guideline on the management of stable ischemic heart disease (IHD). This summary presents recommendations related to risk factor modification (including strategies of unproven benefit), medical therapies to prevent myocardial infarction and death and to relieve symptoms, and alternative therapies for relief of symptoms in patients with stable IHD.

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).

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