Recommendations by Type: Clinical Practice Guidelines

  • ADHD in Children and Adolescents

    Access the AAFP clinical practice guideline on the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children and adolescents.

  • Acute Otitis Externa

    Access the AAFP-endorsed clinical practice guideline on acute otitis externa.

  • Adult Sinusitis

    Access the Clinical Practice Guideline on Adult Sinusitis categorized by the AAFP with Affirmation of Value.

  • Allergic Rhinitis

    Access the AAFP-endorsed clinical practice guideline on allergic rhinitis.

  • Atrial Fibrillation

    Access evidence-based guidelines on Management of Newly-Detected Atrial Fibrillation, developed by the AAFP in collaboration with the American College of Physicians.

  • Bronchiolitis

    Access the American Academy of Family Physician's endorsement of guidelines for the diagnosis and management of bronchiolitis.

  • Cardiovascular Risk

    Access the AAFP clinical practice guideline on lifestyle management to reduce cardiovascular risk.

  • Cerumen Impaction

    Access the AAFP's clinical recommendation on cerumen impaction.

  • Cholesterol

    Access the clinical practice guideline for treatment of cholesterol endorsed with qualifications by the AAFP.

  • Chronic Kidney Disease

    Access the AAFP clinical practice guideline on Screening, Monitoring, and Treatment of Stage 1 to 3 Chronic Kidney Disease.

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

    Access the AAFP clinical practice guideline on Diagnosis and Management of Stable Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

  • Dementia

    Access the Jointly Developed Clinical Practice Guideline on pharmacological treatment of dementia.

  • Diabetes

    View AAFP-endorsed guidelines for management of diabetes in children and adolescents and for oral pharmacologic treatment of type 2 diabetes in adults.

  • Erectile Dysfunction

    Access the AAFP's endorsement of the American College of Physicians guideline on the hormonal testing and pharmacologic treatment of erectile dysfunction.

  • Group B Strep

    View clinical practice guideline for prevention of group B streptococcal disease in newborns (AAFP Affirmation of Value).

  • Hoarseness

    Access the evidence-based clinical practice guideline on hoarseness (dysphonia) developed by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and endorsed by the AAFP.

  • Hypertension

    Access evidence-based guidelines for managing high blood pressure in adults, developed by the Eighth Joint National Committee (JNC-8) and endorsed by the AAFP.

  • Low Back Pain

    Access the clinical practice guideline endorsed by the AAFP on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Low Back Pain.

  • Otitis Media

    Access evidence-based guidelines for diagnosing and managing acute otitis media, developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and endorsed by the AAFP.

  • Overweight and Obesity in Adults

    Access the clinical practice guideline on Management of Overweight and Obesity in Adults endorsed by the AAFP.

  • Post Myocardial Infarction Depression

    Access the AAFP's Guidelines for the Detection and Treatment of Post-Myocardial Infarction Depression.

  • Screening Pelvic Exam

    AAFP-endorsed clinical practice guideline

  • Tobacco Use

    View the AAFP-endorsed clinical practice guideline on Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence.

  • Tonsillectomy

    Access the AAFP's endorsement of the Clinical Practice Guideline for Tonsillectomy in Children.

  • Urinary Incontinence in Women

    Access the AAFP clinical practice guideline on Nonsurgical Management of Urinary Incontinence in Women.

  • Vaginal Birth After Cesarean

    Access the AAFP clinical practice guideline on vaginal birth after cesarean.

  • Venous Thromboembolism

    Access evidence-based guidelines for Current Diagnosis of Venous Thromboembolism in Primary Care and on Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis in Hospitalized Patients.

  • Vertigo

    Access the AAFP's clinical recommendation on Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo.


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.