Practice Guidelines

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

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.

Mar 15, 2016 Issue
American Academy of Pediatrics Releases Report on Infantile Hemangiomas
The American Academy of Pediatrics has published a report to provide an update on diagnosing and managing infantile hemangiomas.

Mar 15, 2016 Issue
DGAC Makes Food-Based Recommendations in the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans
The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) has released the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which update the previous 2010 guideline, to provide guidance regarding healthy eating.

Mar 1, 2016 Issue
ACCP Provides Updated Recommendations on the Management of Somatic Cough Syndrome and Tic Cough
A cough that has no medical diagnosis and does not respond to treatment is sometimes labeled as psychogenic cough, habit cough, or tic cough. These disorders should be distinguished from other forms of chronic cough, but there is little consistency or evidence on how to best diagnose a chronic cough as a psychogenic, habit, or tic cough. The American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) has updated the 2006 guidelines to assist physicians in the management of a patient with suspected somatic cough syndrome or tic cough.

Feb 15, 2016 Issue
ACIP Releases 2016 Adult Immunization Recommendations
Each year, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reviews and updates the adult immunization schedule to incorporate any published updates or corrections from the previous year.

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