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Practice Guidelines

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

Aug 15, 2016 Issue
AAP Updates Recommendations for Routine Preventive Pediatric Health Care
Run by Jan 2017


Aug 1, 2016 Issue
Cardiomyopathy and Myocarditis in Competitive Athletes: Recommendations from the AHA/ACC
The American Heart Association (AHA) and American College of Cardiology (ACC) have provided recommendations regarding eligibility and disqualification of competitive athletes with cardiovascular abnormalities. This summary focuses on cardiomyopathy and myocarditis.


Jul 15, 2016 Issue
Preparticipation Screening for CVD in Competitive Athletes: Recommendations from the AHA/ACC
The American Heart Association (AHA) and American College of Cardiology (ACC) have provided recommendations regarding eligibility and disqualification of competitive athletes with cardiovascular abnormalities.


Jul 1, 2016 Issue
APA Updates Guidelines on Psychiatric Evaluation in Adults
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) recently released the third edition of its guidelines on psychiatric evaluation of adults. The nine-part guideline has been updated based on new evidence identified since the previous edition was released in 2006.


Jun 15, 2016 Issue
CDC Develops Guideline for Opioid Prescribing
A recently released guideline aims to establish patient-centered approaches to initiating, managing, and discontinuing opioid use. The recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) emphasize the serious risks and harms associated with opioids.


Jun 1, 2016 Issue
ACCP Releases Guideline for the Treatment of Unexplained Chronic Cough
Persistent cough with an unknown etiology is difficult to treat and can significantly affect quality of life. Although the evidence for the diagnosis and treatment of adults with unexplained chronic cough is limited, the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) has released guidelines based on the best available evidence. Further study is needed to establish universal terminology and the optimal method of investigation.


May 15, 2016 Issue
CDC Updates Interim Guidance on Caring for Women with Possible Exposure to Zika Virus
Based on limited evidence on the persistence of Zika virus RNA in blood and semen, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its interim guidance on caring for reproductive-aged women who may have been exposed to the virus, including those who do not live in areas with active transmission.


May 1, 2016 Issue
AHA Updates Guidelines for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care
This summary practice guideline from the American Heart Association focuses on adult and child basic life support and CPR quality, as well as alternative CPR techniques.


Apr 15, 2016 Issue
ACS Releases Guideline on Breast Cancer Screening
The American Cancer Society (ACS) organized an interdisciplinary guideline development group to review the available evidence on breast cancer mortality, quality of life, life expectancy, false-positive findings, overdiagnosis, and overtreatment, and to update their 2003 guideline on breast cancer screening in average-risk women.


Apr 1, 2016 Issue
AHA/ATS Release Guidelines on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension
These guidelines from the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Thoracic Society (ATS) address evaluation and treatment of pediatric pulmonary hypertension, including diagnosis, pharmacotherapy, and outpatient treatment recommendations.


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