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Practice Guidelines

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

Apr 15, 2013 Issue
AAN/AHS Update Recommendations for Migraine Prevention in Adults
Studies suggest that more than one-third of persons with migraine need preventive therapy; however, only 3 to 13 percent use it. The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and American Headache Society (AHS) recently reviewed studies published since 2000 to determine which therapies reduce migraine frequency or severity, or reduce the number of days with migraine.


Apr 1, 2013 Issue
ACR Issues Recommendations on Therapies for Osteoarthritis of the Hand, Hip, and Knee
The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) has released updated recommendations for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the hip and knee, and has developed new recommendations for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the hand. These recommendations are categorized as strong or conditional.


Mar 15, 2013 Issue
IDSA Releases Guidelines for Management of Acute Bacterial Rhinosinusitis
The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) has released a guideline for the management of acute bacterial rhinosinusitis in children and adults in the community or emergency department settings. Each recommendation includes a quality of evidence grade (i.e., strong or weak) and a strength-of-recommendation weighting (i.e., high, moderate, low, or very low).


Mar 1, 2013 Issue
AAO-HNS Releases Guideline on Sudden Hearing Loss
This guideline from the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) focuses on sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL), which affects 5 to 20 per 100,000 persons in the United States. Early diagnosis is essential for effective management.


Feb 15, 2013 Issue
AASM Updates Treatment Guidelines for Restless Legs Syndrome and Periodic Limb Movement Disorder
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) last published recommendations on the treatment of restless legs syndrome (RLS) and periodic limb movement disorder in 2004. It recently updated these recommendations based on a literature review and meta-analysis.


Feb 1, 2013 Issue
ACIP Releases 2013 Immunization Schedules
Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Releases 2013 Immunization Schedules. First, the format of the routine child and adolescent schedules has changed and the two previous age-based schedules (0 to six years and seven to 18 years of age) have been merged into one 0- to 18-year schedule.


Jan 15, 2013 Issue
ACP Updates Guideline on Oral Pharmacologic Treatments for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
The American College of Physicians (ACP) has published an updated guideline on the oral pharmacologic management of type 2 diabetes. Recommendations are based on a systematic evidence review of head-to-head comparisons of oral pharmacologic treatments for type 2 diabetes, and an evidence report sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.


Jan 1, 2013 Issue
AAP Releases Guideline on Diagnosis, Evaluation, and Treatment of ADHD
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) first published guidelines on the diagnosis and evaluation of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in 2000, with recommendations for treatment published in 2001. Based on new data collected since then, the AAP released new guidelines in 2011, which were endorsed by the American Academy of Family Physicians in 2012.


Dec 15, 2012 Issue
ACP Releases Best Practice Advice on Colorectal Cancer Screening
The American College of Physicians (ACP) recently reviewed guidelines on colorectal cancer screening available from the American Cancer Society/U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer/American College of Radiology, Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, and the American College of Radiology. Based on the evidence from these guidelines, the ACP has published best practice advice.


Dec 1, 2012 Issue
AHA Releases Statement on Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease
Decreased sexual activity and sexual dysfunction are common in patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD), and can lead to anxiety and depression. The American Heart Association (AHA) has published a scientific statement synthesizing data relevant to sexual activity and heart disease to provide recommendations and to foster communication between physicians and patients about sexual activity.


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