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. Algorithm for mobility assistive device selection according to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.
Mobility Assistive Device Use in Older Adults
Jun 15, 2021 Issue


Figure 1. Algorithm for the evaluation of erythrocytosis.
Polycythemia Vera: Rapid Evidence Review
Jun 1, 2021 Issue


Figure 2. Treatment algorithm for polycythemia vera.
Polycythemia Vera: Rapid Evidence Review
Jun 1, 2021 Issue


Figure 1. Algorithm for initial evaluation and management of tinnitus.
Tinnitus: Diagnosis and Management
Jun 1, 2021 Issue


Figure 1. Algorithm for the diagnosis of hypothyroidism.
Hypothyroidism: Diagnosis and Treatment
May 15, 2021 Issue


Figure 2. Algorithm for the treatment of primary hypothyroidism in adults.
Hypothyroidism: Diagnosis and Treatment
May 15, 2021 Issue


Figure 1. Evaluation of patients with persistent urethritis symptoms after initial treatment.
Urethritis: Rapid Evidence Review
May 1, 2021 Issue


Figure 1. Algorithm for the management of dyslipidemia for cardiovascular risk reduction.
Dyslipidemia Management for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention: Guidelines from the VA/DoD
Apr 15, 2021 Issue


Figure 3. Diagnostic approach to a patient with possible hypermobile EDS.
Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders
Apr 15, 2021 Issue


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


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