AFP DEPARTMENT COLLECTION
Practice Guidelines summarize important clinical recommendations from major medical organizations and the federal government.
Dec 1, 2017 Issue
Acute Gout: ACP Provides Guideline on Diagnosis
The diagnostic standard for acute gout is joint aspiration with synovial fluid analysis for monosodium urate crystals; however, many patients are seen in a primary care or emergency medicine situation where synovial fluid analysis is rarely performed. The American College of Physicians (ACP) has developed a guideline for diagnosing adults with joint inflammation suspected to be gout.
Nov 15, 2017 Issue
Spondyloarthritis: NICE Releases Guidelines on Diagnosis and Treatment
Spondyloarthritis comprises inflammatory disorders that have some overlapping characteristics. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) released a guideline on diagnosing and treating spondyloarthritis.
Nov 1, 2017 Issue
Reflux-Cough Syndrome: Guidelines from the ACCP
In their updated guideline, the American College of Chest Physicians offers recommendations addressing: (1) whether treating gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) improves cough in patients with chronic cough, and (2) which clinical criteria suggest that chronic cough will respond to therapy.
Oct 15, 2017 Issue
Influenza Vaccination Recommendations for 2017-2018: Updates from ACIP
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has released its recommendations on influenza vaccination for the 2017–2018 season. In this update, ACIP announces the currently available vaccine products, reviews license and labeling changes, and issues recommendations for specific populations.
Oct 1, 2017 Issue
Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: ACP Releases Updated Recommendations for Oral Pharmacologic Treatment
The American College of Physicians (ACP) previously released guidelines in 2012 regarding the effectiveness and safety of oral pharmacologic treatment for type 2 diabetes; however, new evidence has emerged and new drugs have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. For this reason, the ACP has released updated guidelines for the management of type 2 diabetes with oral medication.
Sep 15, 2017 Issue
Low Back Pain: American College of Physicians Practice Guideline on Noninvasive Treatments
The American College of Physicians has released a guideline, which partially updates its 2007 guideline, to provide recommendations for noninvasive treatment of acute (duration less than four weeks), subacute (duration of four to 12 weeks), and chronic (duration longer than 12 weeks) low back pain. It does not address topical or epidural therapies.
Sep 1, 2017 Issue
Newly Detected Atrial Fibrillation: AAFP Updates Guideline on Pharmacologic Management
The American Academy of Family Physicians, with the American College of Physicians, has updated its 2003 guideline to provide guidance on atrial fibrillation treatment via medication in the primary care setting. The guideline focuses on adults with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation as diagnosed by electrocardiography; atrial fibrillation with a valvular or reversible etiology is not addressed in this update.
Aug 15, 2017 Issue
Cerumen Impaction: An Updated Guideline from the AAO—HNSF
This update from the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO–HNSF) provides guidance for persons older than six months diagnosed with cerumen impaction.
Aug 1, 2017 Issue
Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip in Infants: A Clinical Report from the AAP on Evaluation and Referral
Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) can range from a mild abnormality to dislocation. In infants and young children, it is asymptomatic; therefore, screening is required to diagnose it in otherwise healthy children.
Jul 15, 2017 Issue
Peanut Allergy Prevention: Guidelines from the NIAID
The NIAID has provided addendum guidelines, which include recommendations based on new evidence for peanut allergy prevention.