AFP Algorithms

This collection includes diagnostic and treatment algorithms that can aid clinical decision making. Use the filters to sort by discipline or topic. You can also search by keyword for articles containing algorithms. The collection includes algorithms published in AFP since 1998; clinical judgment should be used when referring to older algorithms, as the validity of the medical information included cannot be guaranteed.

Figure 1. Quick start algorithm for contraceptive pills, patches, rings, injections, or implants.
Initiating Hormonal Contraception
Mar 1, 2021 Issue


Figure 2. Quick start algorithm for progestin-releasing IUD.
Initiating Hormonal Contraception
Mar 1, 2021 Issue


Figure 3. Quick start algorithm for copper IUD.
Initiating Hormonal Contraception
Mar 1, 2021 Issue


Figure 1. Initial evaluation and management of difficult to treat asthma.
Difficult-to-Treat and Severe Asthma: Management Strategies
Mar 1, 2021 Issue


Figure 2. Evaluation and management of severe asthma.
Difficult-to-Treat and Severe Asthma: Management Strategies
Mar 1, 2021 Issue


Figure 1. Algorithm for the medical management of patients with suspected or diagnosed eating disorders.
Eating Disorders in Primary Care: Diagnosis and Management
Jan 1, 2021 Issue


Figure 1. Approach to the diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy.
Peripheral Neuropathy: Evaluation and Differential Diagnosis
Dec 15, 2020 Issue


Figure 1. Algorithm for initial treatment of Parkinson disease and additive therapies for motor symptoms.
Parkinson Disease
Dec 1, 2020 Issue


Figure 1. Algorithm for differentiating the forms of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFL and NASH).
Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: Common Questions and Answers on Diagnosis and Management
Nov 15, 2020 Issue


Figure 2. Algorithm for evaluation of a patient with suspected nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: Common Questions and Answers on Diagnosis and Management
Nov 15, 2020 Issue


Figure 1. Absent rugae, decreased tissue elasticity, loss of vulvar architecture, and phymosis of the clitoral hood characterize genitourinary syndrome of menopause.
Common Benign Chronic Vulvar Disorders
Nov 1, 2020 Issue


Figure 1. Treatment algorithm for gout.
Gout: Rapid Evidence Review
Nov 1, 2020 Issue


Figure 1. Algorithm for telehealth triage of patients with diagnosed or suspected COVID-19.
Outpatient Management of COVID-19: Rapid Evidence Review
Oct 15, 2020 Issue


Figure 2. Algorithm for discontinuation of home isolation after diagnosis of COVID-19.
Outpatient Management of COVID-19: Rapid Evidence Review
Oct 15, 2020 Issue


Figure 3. Algorithm for in-person evaluation of patients with diagnosed or suspected symptomatic coronavirus disease 2019.
Outpatient Management of COVID-19: Rapid Evidence Review
Oct 15, 2020 Issue


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