Practice Guidelines

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

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.

Nov 15, 2012 Issue
Updated Guidelines from AASM for the Treatment of Central Sleep Apnea Syndromes
The updated guidelines on central sleep apnea from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) includes levels of recommendations (standard or option) based on the overall quality of evidence (high, moderate, low, or very low). Central sleep apnea syndromes are characterized by sleep-disordered breathing associated with absent or diminished respiratory effort.

Nov 1, 2012 Issue
AACE Releases Guidelines for Menopausal Hormone Therapy
Menopause is diagnosed in women who have not had menses for one year. The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) convened a task force to review available evidence on therapies for menopausal symptoms. The task force's guidelines include recommendations for prescribing menopausal hormone therapies, and for weighing the risks and benefits in individual patients.

Oct 15, 2012 Issue
NHLBI Expert Panel Releases Guidelines for Cardiovascular Health and Risk Reduction in Children
Evidence indicates that reducing risk can slow the progression of cardiovascular disease (CVD); therefore, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHBLI) Expert Panel on Integrated Guidelines for Cardiovascular Health and Risk Reduction in Children and Adolescents developed guidelines to help health care professionals promote cardiovascular health and to identify and manage risk factors in children and adolescents. Although it is rare for cardiovascular disease to manifest in children and adolescents, risk factors and behaviors do start in childhood.

Oct 1, 2012 Issue
ACCF and AHA Update Guidelines on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a common genetic cardiovascular disease that affects approximately one out of every 500 persons. The American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) and the American Heart Association (AHA) have updated guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of HCM.

Oct 1, 2012 Issue
ACIP Updates Guideline on Influenza Vaccination for 2012-2013 Season
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued its annual guideline on influenza vaccination. This year’s guideline provides information on dosing considerations for children six months to eight years of age, febrile seizures associated with trivalent inactivated vaccine (TIV) and the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13), and vaccination of persons allergic to eggs.

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