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Practice Guidelines

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

Jan 15, 2019 Issue
Colorectal Cancer Screening: ACS Updates Guideline for Adults with Average Risk
To support early identification and treatment, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has updated its 2008 guidance on counseling and referring patients at average risk of colorectal cancer (CRC) based on new evidence regarding screening options and the ever-changing risk of CRC.


Jan 1, 2019 Issue
Deprescribing Benzodiazepine Receptor Agonists for Insomnia in Adults
A multidisciplinary group of clinicians as part of the Deprescribing Guidelines in the Elderly project has developed evidence-based guidelines focused on deprescribing long-term Benzodiazepine receptor agonists (BZRAs) in patients taking them for insomnia, with the goal of helping physicians and patients make appropriate decisions about BZRA use.


Dec 15, 2018 Issue
Crohn's Disease: ACG Releases Updated Management Guidelines
Options for managing Crohn’s disease continue to increase, as does the prevalence of the disease. The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) has released an updated clinical practice guideline outlining features of the disease, as well as diagnosis and treatment options.


Dec 1, 2018 Issue
Lung Cancer Screening Recommendations from the ACCP
The American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) recently published recommendations for lung cancer screening based on key questions developed using the PICO (population, intervention, comparator, and outcome) format.


Nov 15, 2018 Issue
Dysphonia (Hoarseness): AAO-HNSF Releases Updated Clinical Guideline for Treatment
To improve the quality of care for patients of all ages with dysphonia, the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) updated guidelines to reduce inappropriate variations in care, produce optimal health outcomes, and minimize harm.


Nov 1, 2018 Issue
Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: ACP Releases Updated Guidance Statement on A1C Targets for Pharmacologic Glycemic Control
This guidance statement from the American College of Physicians (ACP) aims to help physicians achieve appropriate A1C targets via medication for nonpregnant patients with type 2 diabetes based on a review of six health care organization guidelines.


Oct 15, 2018 Issue
Influenza Vaccination Recommendations for 2018-2019: Updates from ACIP
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has released its recommendations for routine influenza vaccination in the 2018–2019 season.


Oct 1, 2018 Issue
Depression in Adolescents: AAP Updates Guidelines on Diagnosis and Treatment
These updated recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics aim to address the identification and diagnosis of all forms of depression in adolescents, defined in this guideline as those 10 to 21 years of age.


Sep 15, 2018 Issue
Deprescribing Antipsychotics for Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia and Insomnia
As part of the Deprescribing Guidelines in the Elderly Project, a Canadian team consisting of two family physicians, one geriatric psychiatrist, two geriatricians, and four pharmacists has provided recommendations to guide physicians in deprescribing antipsychotics for behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia and insomnia.


Sep 1, 2018 Issue
Antibiotics for Uncomplicated Skin Abscesses After Incision and Drainage: BMJ Rapid Recommendation
A collaboration between the BMJ and the MAGIC group led an international panel made up of a variety of health care professionals (e.g., family physicians, internists, dermatologists) and adults with experience treating and living with skin abscesses to create recommendations regarding antibiotic use based on identified benefits, harms, cost, treatment burden, evidence quality, and patient preferences.


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