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Blood Pressure Goal of 140 to 150 mm Hg Is Best for Patients with Diabetes - POEMs - ...

Jul 1, 2016 - Although most recent practice guidelines have relaxed the blood pressure goals for patients with diabetes, there are still a few holdouts that suggest aggressive treatment. This analysis shows that the ideal range for hypertension control in patients with diabetes is between 140 and 150...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0701/p59a.html

Using the CDC Guideline and Tools for Opioid Prescribing in Patients with Chronic Pain ...

Jun 15, 2016 - The new CDC guideline is intended to help clinicians decide whether and how to prescribe opioids for chronic pain; offer safer, more effective care for patients with chronic pain; improve clinician-patient communication; and prevent opioid use disorder and opioid-related overdose.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0615/p970.html

ACCP Releases Guideline for the Treatment of Unexplained Chronic Cough - Practice ...

Jun 1, 2016 - Persistent cough with an unknown etiology is difficult to treat and can significantly affect quality of life. Although the evidence for the diagnosis and treatment of adults with unexplained chronic cough is limited, the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) has released ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0601/p950.html

Behavioral and Pharmacotherapy Interventions for Tobacco Smoking Cessation in Adults, ...

May 15, 2016 - The USPSTF recommends that clinicians ask all adults about tobacco use, advise them to stop using tobacco, and provide behavioral interventions and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)–approved pharmacotherapy for cessation to adults who use tobacco.

American Family Physician : U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0515/od1.html

Treatment of Adult Obesity with Bariatric Surgery - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2016 - In 2013, approximately 179,000 bariatric surgery procedures were performed in the United States, including the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (42.1%), Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (34.2%), and laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (14.0%). Choice of procedure depends on the medical ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0101/p31.html

More Nuanced Guidelines for Lipid Lowering to Prevent CVD - POEMs - American Family ...

Jan 1, 2016 - The authors of this guideline give a more nuanced and less aggressive approach to lipid lowering than other groups. For the primary prevention of CVD, check blood pressure and lipids (nonfasting is fine) to calculate the 10-year CVD risk. If greater than 12%, treat; if 12% or less, ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0101/p59.html

AHA/ACC/ASH Release Guideline on the Treatment of Hypertension and CAD - Practice ...

Dec 1, 2015 - The American Heart Association (AHA), American College of Cardiology (ACC), and American Society of Hypertension (ASH) have released a guideline on the management of hypertension in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). It updates a previous AHA guideline to reflect newer data.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1201/p1023.html

The Epley Maneuver for Treatment of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo - Cochrane for...

Aug 1, 2015 - Treatment with the Epley maneuver resolves benign paroxysmal positional vertigo better than sham therapy or control. Minor adverse effects are uncommon.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0801/p184.html

Walking Program Effective for Chronic Low Back Pain - POEMs - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2015 - Giving patients a pedometer, a walking diary, and instructions to walk at least four days per week, then gradually increase the walk's duration and intensity (see synopsis) results in improvement in pain and disability similar to usual physical therapy or a group exercise program.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0801/p230.html

Management of Non-ST Elevation Acute Coronary Syndrome: A Guideline from the AHA and ...

Jul 15, 2015 - Acute coronary syndrome (ACS), a term that encompasses a range of conditions, is caused when blood flow to the heart is suddenly reduced. The American College of Cardiology (ACC), with the American Heart Association (AHA), has provided recommendations for managing non–ST elevation ACS.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0715/p151.html

Common Questions About Chronic Low Back Pain - American Family Physician

May 15, 2015 - More than 30% of U.S. adults report having experienced low back pain within the preceding three months. Although most low back pain is nonspecific and self-limiting, a subset of patients develop chronic low back pain, defined as persistent symptoms for longer than three months. Low back...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0515/p708.html

Common Questions About the Initial Management of Hypertension - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2015 - Hypertension is the most common chronic condition treated by family physicians. Elevated blood pressure is associated with an increased risk of heart failure, myocardial infarction, cerebrovascular disease, and death. Treatment of hypertension reduces the risk of these events. Several ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0201/p172.html

Buprenorphine Maintenance vs. Methadone Maintenance or Placebo for Opioid Use Disorder ...

Feb 1, 2015 - At dosages greater than 2 mg per day, buprenorphine maintains treatment retention better than placebo. When flexible dosing (doses adjusted based on patient symptoms) is used, the effectiveness of buprenorphine is comparable to that of methadone in suppressing opioid use.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0201/p165.html

AHA and ASA Release Guideline for Prevention of Future Stroke in Patients with Stroke ...

Jan 15, 2015 - The American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association (ASA) have updated their guideline on prevention of future stroke in patients with a history of stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA). Currently, the average annual rate of future stroke in these patients is at a ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0115/p136.html

JNC8 Guidelines for the Management of Hypertension in Adults - Practice Guidelines - ...

Oct 1, 2014 - Hypertension is one of the most important preventable contributors to disease and death in the United States, leading to myocardial infarction, stroke, and renal failure when it is not detected early and treated appropriately. The Eighth Joint National Committee (JNC 8) recently ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/1001/p503.html

JNC 8: Relaxing the Standards - Editorials - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2014 - The Eighth Joint National Committee (JNC 8) recently issued the most anticipated hypertension guideline in some time. The most significant change in the JNC 8 guideline is relaxation of the systolic and diastolic blood pressure goals for adults 60 years and older. As a result of the new...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/1001/p449.html

Safety of Long-Acting Beta Agonists in Adults with Asthma - Cochrane for Clinicians - ...

Oct 1, 2014 - LABAs appear to be safe when used with inhaled corticosteroids. LABA monotherapy is associated with an increase in asthma-related mortality and nonfatal serious adverse events, but not in all-cause mortality.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/1001/p453.html

ACC/AHA Release Updated Guideline on the Treatment of Blood Cholesterol to Reduce ASCVD...

Aug 15, 2014 - The Blood Cholesterol Expert Panel from the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) issued an updated evidence-based guideline in 2013 that addresses the use of fixed doses of cholesterol-lowering drugs (statins) to reduce the risk of ASCVD in ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0815/p260.html

Should Family Physicians Follow the New ACC/AHA Cholesterol Treatment Guideline? Yes: ...

Aug 15, 2014 - The recommendations appropriately focus treatment on those most likely to benefit.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0815/p212.html

Should Family Physicians Follow the New ACC/AHA Cholesterol Treatment Guideline? Not ...

Aug 15, 2014 - The recommendations should have paid more attention to the inherent uncertainties in risk estimates and the importance of individual patient circumstances and preferences.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0815/p223.html

ACP Releases Guideline on the Management of OSA - Practice Guidelines - American Family...

Jul 1, 2014 - The American College of Physicians (ACP) has developed a guideline to assist physicians in choosing the best initial treatment for adults with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Management is based on type and severity of symptoms and on patient education about the benefits vs. adverse ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0701/p56.html

Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis: A Clinical Practice Guideline from the AAOS - ...

Jun 1, 2014 - This clinical guideline from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) updates the one previously published in 2008 and addresses treatment of symptomatic knee osteoarthritis in adults 19 years and older.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0601/p918.html

No Benefit to Addition of Stenting for Treatment of Atherosclerotic Renal Artery ...

Apr 1, 2014 - In patients with severe atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis and hypertension or chronic kidney disease, renal artery stenting does not provide an additional benefit when added to comprehensive medical therapy that includes blood pressure and diabetes mellitus management, and ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0401/p576.html

ACR Publishes Guidelines for Pharmacologic and Nonpharmacologic Treatment of Gout - ...

Sep 15, 2013 - The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) has developed recommendations for the management of gout. The recommendations call for a systematic nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic management approach that is intended to be applicable to all patients with gout.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0915/p408.html

ACR Issues Recommendations on Therapies for Osteoarthritis of the Hand, Hip, and Knee -...

Apr 1, 2013 - The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) has released updated recommendations for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the hip and knee, and has developed new recommendations for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the hand. These recommendations are categorized as strong or conditional.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0401/p515.html

AASM Updates Treatment Guidelines for Restless Legs Syndrome and Periodic Limb Movement...

Feb 15, 2013 - The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) last published recommendations on the treatment of restless legs syndrome (RLS) and periodic limb movement disorder in 2004. It recently updated these recommendations based on a literature review and meta-analysis.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0215/p290.html

Insulin for Glycemic Control in Acute Ischemic Stroke - Cochrane for Clinicians - ...

Dec 1, 2012 - Administering insulin to maintain glycemic control does not improve the rates of mortality or dependency, or the final neurologic outcome after an acute ischemic stroke. Additionally, in randomized controlled trials, patients in the intervention groups (those under tight glycemic ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1201/p1008.html

Updated Guidelines from AASM for the Treatment of Central Sleep Apnea Syndromes - ...

Nov 15, 2012 - The updated guidelines on central sleep apnea from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) includes levels of recommendations (standard or option) based on the overall quality of evidence (high, moderate, low, or very low). Central sleep apnea syndromes are characterized by ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1115/p968.html

Amphetamines for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Adults - Cochrane for ...

Sep 1, 2012 - Amphetamines improve ADHD symptom severity but, when compared with placebo, they are associated with increased discontinuation rates because of adverse effects. There does not appear to be a difference among dosages or between the immediate- and sustained-release formulations.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0901/p413.html

ACP Releases Guideline on Hormone Testing and Pharmacologic Treatment of Erectile ...

May 1, 2010 - As the general population ages and life expectancy increases, erectile dysfunction (ED) is anticipated to be a major health care burden. Therefore, the American College of Physicians (ACP) created a guideline on hormone testing and pharmacologic treatment of ED.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0501/p1158.html

Preoperative Testing for Patients Undergoing Cataract Surgery - Cochrane for Clinicians...

Dec 1, 2009 - Routine preoperative testing before cataract surgery does not reduce intraoperative or postoperative complications.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/1201/p1228.html

ACP Guideline Recommends Diagnosis and Management Strategies for COPD - Practice ...

Aug 1, 2008 - The American College of Physicians (ACP) has released a guideline providing recommendations on the diagnosis and treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0801/p401.html

AHA Releases Guidelines for Hypertension Management in Adults with or at Risk of CAD - ...

Jul 15, 2008 - The American Heart Association (AHA) Council for High Blood Pressure Research and the Councils on Clinical Cardiology and Epidemiology and Prevention have released guidelines on the management of hypertension in adults with or at risk of coronary artery disease (CAD).

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0715/p270.html

ACCP and AACVPR Release Evidence-Based Guidelines on Pulmonary Rehabilitation - ...

Jan 15, 2008 - The American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) and the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) has released pulmonary rehabilitation guidelines that update the recommendations published in 1997 and examine new areas of research.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0115/p242.html

Practice Guidelines - Jun 1, 2007 - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2007 - Revised guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that fluoroquinolone antibiotics are no longer recommended for treatment of gonococcal infections and associated conditions such as pelvic inflammatory disease.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0601/p1715.html

Practice Guidelines - Jun 1, 2007 - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2007 - According to new guidelines from the American Cancer Society (ACS), women at high risk of developing breast cancer should receive annual magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as an adjunct to mammography.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0601/p1715a.html

Guidelines for Treating Adults with Acute Cough - Editorials - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2007 - ...Adapted with permission from diagnosis and management of cough: ACCP evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. Chest 2006;129(1 suppl):1S–292S. Available online at http://www.chestjournal.org/cgi/content/full/129/1_suppl/1S. Management of Acute Cough Figure 1. Algorithm for the...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0215/p476.html

AUA Updates Guidelines on Management of Erectile Dysfunction - Practice Guidelines - ...

Jan 15, 2006 - The American Urological Association (AUA) has updated its 1996 recommendations on the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED). ED results from a combination of vascular, neurologic, hormonal, and psychologic factors.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0115/p340.html

ACG Releases Updated Practice Guidelines for Ulcerative Colitis in Adults - Practice ...

Feb 1, 2005 - Updated practice guidelines for the treatment of ulcerative colitis in adults have been issued by the American College of Gastroenterology's (ACG's) Practice Parameters Committee.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0201/p604.html

Selecting Medications for the Treatment of Urinary Incontinence - American Family ...

Jan 15, 2005 - In response to the growing population of older patients with incontinence, pharmaceutical companies are developing new drugs to treat the condition. Before prescribing medications for incontinence, however, physicians should determine the nature and cause of the patient's incontinence. ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0115/p315.html

NAMS Releases Position Statement on the Treatment of Vasomotor Symptoms Associated with...

Jul 15, 2004 - The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) has released an evidence-based position statement on the treatment of vasomotor symptoms associated with menopause to provide recommendations on the most effective treatments.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0715/p393.html

ACOG Releases Guidelines for Clinical Management of Osteoporosis - Practice Guidelines ...

Mar 15, 2004 - The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recently issued guidelines for the clinical management of osteoporosis in women, including recommendations for screening, prevention, and treatment.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0315/p1558.html

Managing Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2002 - Medical and surgical options for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia have expanded in recent years. Saw palmetto, the most widely used complementary medication, is less effective than standard medical therapy but has fewer side effects. Although non-selective alpha blockers ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0701/p77.html

NIH Statement on Adjuvant Therapy for Breast Cancer - Practice Guidelines - American ...

May 1, 2001 - The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has released a statement on adjuvant therapy for breast cancer. Adjuvant therapies administered after surgery eradicate deposits of cancer cells that may have spread from the primary cancer site, and such therapies increase a woman's chance of ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/0501/p1857.html

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