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Clinical Recommendations

Browse through AAFP's clinical recommendations.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

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View Only AAFP Clinical Policies

View AAFP clinical policies.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

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Breastfeeding, Family Physicians Supporting (Position Paper)

Read the AAFP's position paper on support for breastfeeding.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/breastfeeding-position-paper.html

EGD, Training and Credentialing of Family Physicians In (Position Paper)

Read AAFP's position paper on training and credentialing of family physicians in esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD).

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/egd-training-credentialing.html

Diabetes

Access information and resources on Diabetes care from the AAFP.

Family Physician : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/care-resources/diabetes.html

Immunizations and Vaccines

The AAFP offers all the immunization resources family physicians need to care for patients birth to advanced age. These include immunization schedules, clinical recommendations, and information on vaccine-preventable diseases.

Family Physician : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/prevention-wellness/immunizations-vaccines.html

Pain Management and Opioid Use

Chronic pain management is a public health concern with significant increases in the use of opioids for pain relief. There is a corresponding growth in the number of opioids prescribed in the U.S. and overdose from those drugs.

Family Physician : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/care-resources/pain-management.html

Patient Care

The AAFP's Patient Care section provides the evidence-based information you need at the point of care. You'll find clinical guidance on common conditions, which includes resources to support diagnosis, treatment and conversations with your patients.

Family Physician : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care.html

Diagnosing VTE: Guidelines from the American Society of Hematology - Practice ... Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2019 - The American Society of Hematology has published recommendations for determining the optimal diagnostic strategy based on pretest risk.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1201/p716.html

Acute Kidney Injury: Diagnosis and Management - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2019 - Acute kidney injury is a clinical syndrome characterized by a rapid decline in glomerular filtration rate and resultant accumulation of metabolic waste products. Acute kidney injury is associated with an increased risk of mortality, cardiovascular events, and progression to chronic ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1201/p687.html

Hypertension in Adults Over 60

Access the AAFP clinical practice guideline on treatment of hypertension in adults over age 60.

Family Physician |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/clinical-recommendations/all-clinical-recommendations/hypertension-over-60.html

Clinical Recommendations

The AAFP offers members a set of formal evidence-based recommendations for diagnosis or management of specific conditions, and evidence-based clinical practice guidelines developed by external organizations.

Family Physician : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/clinical-recommendations.html

Patient Care

AAFP News' Patient Care section features stories on preventive care services, community and public health, patient care protocols and more.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public.html

Gestational Hypertension and Preeclampsia: A Practice Bulletin from ACOG - Practice ...

Nov 15, 2019 - Globally, hypertensive disorders of pregnancy are one of the main causes of maternal death. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has released a practice bulletin to outline diagnosis and treatment recommendations for these conditions.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1115/p649.html

Taking Hypertension Medication at Bedtime Improves CVD Risk

The Hygia Chronotherapy Trial found that bedtime hypertension therapy better reduced the risk of cardiovascular disease than taking blood pressure medication on awakening, as previous studies have suggested.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191106bedtimehbpmeds.html

Pilonidal Disease Management: Guidelines from the ASCRS - Practice Guidelines - ...

Nov 1, 2019 - The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) has released a clinical practice guideline to provide physicians with diagnosis and treatment options of pilonidal disease.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1101/p582.html

Care of the Military Veteran: Selected Health Issues - American Family Physician

Nov 1, 2019 - According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 18.2 million veterans were living in the United States in 2017, of whom 1.6 million were female. Less than one-half of all veterans receive care at a Veterans Health Administration or military treatment facility, leaving most to receive services from...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1101/p544.html

Past Issues

Past AAFP Journal Issues

American Family Physician : American Family Physician

https://www.aafp.org/journals/afp/issues.html

Influenza Vaccination: Updated Recommendations from ACIP - Practice Guidelines - ...

Oct 15, 2019 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has released its recommendations for routine influenza vaccination in the 2019–2020 season.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1015/p505.html

Pharmacologic Treatment for Older Children with ADHD - Letters to the Editor - American...

Oct 15, 2019 - ...al.; Subcommitee on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder; Steering Committee on Quality Improvement and Management. ADHD: clinical practice guideline for the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children and adolescents. Pediatrics....

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1015/p455.html

Dual Antiplatelet Therapy for Patients with Cardiovascular Disease - FPIN's Clinical ...

Oct 15, 2019 - Patients with established cardiovascular disease or risk factors (e.g., ischemic cerebrovascular disease, peripheral arterial disease, high risk of atherothrombotic disease) should receive dual antiplatelet therapy with aspirin plus clopidogrel, which confers additional benefit over ...

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1015/p463.html

Perinatal Depression: AAP Policy Statement on Recognition and Management - Practice ...

Oct 1, 2019 - The American Academy of Pediatrics has released a policy statement regarding the integration of perinatal depression recognition and management into well-child visits.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1001/p443.html

Anticoagulation: Updated Guidelines for Outpatient Management - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2019 - Anticoagulation therapy is recommended for preventing, treating, and reducing the recurrence of venous thromboembolism, and preventing stroke in persons with atrial fibrillation. Direct oral anticoagulants are first-line agents for eligible patients for treating venous thromboembolism ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1001/p426.html

Opioid Use Disorder: Medical Treatment Options - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2019 - Opioid use disorder is highly prevalent and can be fatal. At least 2.1 million Americans 12 years and older had opioid use disorder in 2016, and approximately 47,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses in 2017. Opioid use disorder is a chronic relapsing condition, the treatment of ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1001/p416.html

Corrections - Oct 1, 2019 - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2019 - ...Treatment of Gender-Dysphoric/Gender-Incongruent Persons: An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline, at https://www.endocrine.org/guidelines-and-clinical-practice/clinical-practice-guidelines/gender-dysphoria-gender-incongruence.66 Reference 66 was also replaced with the...

American Family Physician : Corrections

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1001/p393.html

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