Clinical Practice Guidelines

Venous Thromboembolism

Current Diagnosis of Venous Thromboembolism in Primary Care

(Jointly Developed with the American College of Physicians, 2006)

The AAFP was pleased to collaborate with the American College of Physicians to develop a comprehensive, evidence-based guideline for the Diagnosis of Venous Thromboembolism in Primary Care.


Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis in Hospitalized Patients

(Endorsed With Qualifications, 2013)

The guideline on Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis in Hospitalized Patients was developed by the American College of Physicians, and endorsed with qualifications by the AAFP.

Qualifications

  1. There are three recommendations in the guideline and all three are upgraded based on lower-level evidence
  2. Reviewers were concerned that for the first recommendation an assessment tool is needed and one is not provided.

These guidelines are provided only as assistance for physicians making clinical decisions regarding the care of their patients. As such, they cannot substitute the individual judgment brought to each clinical situation by the patient’s family physician. As with all clinical reference resources, they reflect the best understanding of the science of medicine at the time of publication, but they should be used with the clear understanding that continued research may result in new knowledge and recommendations. These guidelines are only one element in the complex process of improving the health of America. To be effective, the guidelines must be implemented.