AFP DEPARTMENT COLLECTION
Practice Guidelines summarize important clinical recommendations from major medical organizations and the federal government.
Oct 1, 2016 Issue
ACR Appropriateness Criteria for Acute Onset of Flank Pain with Suspicion of Stone Disease
The American College of Radiology (ACR) has established appropriateness criteria to assist in the selection process. Procedures with a rating of 9 are considered most appropriate, and those with a rating of 1 least appropriate. These guidelines rate the suitability of computed tomography (CT), ultrasonography, radiography, and magnetic resonance imaging for patients who present with suspected stone disease, recurrent stone disease symptoms, or abdominal pain in pregnancy.
Sep 15, 2016 Issue
AAFP Releases Position Paper on Preconception care
The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has released a position paper providing evidence-based recommendations that address reproductive health care.
Sep 1, 2016 Issue
CDC Releases Updated Guidelines for Postexposure Prophylaxis After Sexual, Injection Drug, or Other Nonoccupational Exposures to HIV
Postexposure prophylaxis (PEP) with anti-retroviral drugs to prevent transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) following sexual or injection drug use exposures (nonoccupational PEP or nPEP) is an essential intervention requiring a timely response. Updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide clinicians with guidance on assessing and managing exposures, new nPEP regimens, schedules for baseline and follow-up testing for HIV and associated infections, and longer-term prevention measures including preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
Aug 15, 2016 Issue
AAP Updates Recommendations for Routine Preventive Pediatric Health Care
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has updated recommendations for preventive pediatric health care services, including evidence-based screenings and assessments that should be addressed at well-child visits. The recommendations are organized by age: infancy, early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence.
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.