Practice Guidelines

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

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).

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).

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