ACP releases principles to guide patient partnership in health care

November 28, 2018

Researchers generated 4 principles to identify the role of patients and families in developing physicians' care plans through a multistakeholder advisory committee.

ASH: New Venous Thromboembolism Clinical Practice Guideline

By November 28, 2018

The guidelines were developed by over 100 experts, including hematologists, patient representatives, and other specialists.

USPSTF Recommends Screening Adults for Unhealthy Alcohol Use

November 14, 2018

"We continue to call for more research and encourage primary care clinicians to use their judgment when deciding whether to screen adolescents," task force chair Sue Curry, PhD, said in a statement.

Recommendations Issued for Management of Bradycardia

November 09, 2018

Shared decision making and patient-centered care are endorsed and emphasized for patients with bradycardia with indications for pacemaker implantation; treatment decisions should be based on best available evidence and the patient's goals of care.

ACP updates policy recommendations for reducing gun-related injuries, deaths

October 30, 2018

The American College of Physicians (ACP) revises and expands on current policy recommendations regarding gun-related injuries and deaths.

Pneumococcal Vaccine Recs Cause Confusion Among Docs

October 26, 2018

The researchers found that more than 95% of respondents reported routinely assessing adults' vaccination status and recommending both the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) and the 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23).

USPSTF Recommends Screening Women for Partner Violence

October 24, 2018

Based on 3 randomized clinical trials that compared IPV screening to no screening, there were no significant improvements in outcomes (such as IPV or quality of life) over 3 to 18 months, and 2 studies reported no harms of screening.

Guidelines Outlined to Ease Peds Transition to Adult Health Care

October 23, 2018

Recommendations developed in realms of infrastructure, education, payment, research

AGA: New Opioid-Induced Constipation Management Guidelines Available

By October 18, 2018

The recommendations have been published in the AGA's official journal, Gastroenterology.

ADA, EASD Issue New Recommendations for Type 2 Diabetes

October 10, 2018

Efforts targeting weight loss, including lifestyle, medication, and surgical interventions, are recommended for those with obesity. A sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor or glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist with proven cardiovascular benefit is recommended for patients with clinical cardiovascular disease.

FDA: Final Guidance on Heparin-Containing Devices, Combo Products

By September 19, 2018

The intent of the document is to help reduce heparin product overdose errors caused by misinterpretation of the drug strength displayed in the labeling.

Incorporating Guidelines Into Clinical Practice: An Interview With Gary L. LeRoy, MD

By September 18, 2018

Despite their advantages, many clinicians do not necessarily agree with the centrality or content of CPGs. Others — especially primary care physicians (PCPs) — are overwhelmed by the vast and ever-increasing numbers of guidelines issued by multiple societies.

Recommendations Issued for Enhancing ICU Diagnostic Safety

September 17, 2018

"In our quest for excellence in caring for the critically ill, let us make reducing diagnostic error a top priority," the authors write.

AHA: Resistant Hypertension Diagnosis, Tx Guidelines Updated

September 14, 2018

Ruling out Rx non-compliance, white coat syndrome, and interfering medications necessary

AAP Issues Updated Influenza Vaccine Recommendations

By September 06, 2018

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the 2017-2018 flu season was one of the most severe - excluding pandemics - on record.

Efficacy, Safety of PSA Testing for Prostate Cancer Screening Investigated

September 06, 2018

Odds of choosing screening up for men with family history, African descent, low socioeconomic status

Guidelines for Managing Perimenopausal Depression Now Available

By September 05, 2018

The 5 topics addressed by the 11-member expert panel include epidemiology, clinical presentation, therapeutic effects of antidepressants, effects of hormone therapy, and the effectiveness of other therapies (eg, psychotherapy, exercise, natural health products).

CDC: Updated Influenza Vaccination Recommendations for 2018-2019

By August 23, 2018

In general, routine annual vaccination is recommended for all patients ≥6 months of age who have no contraindications.

AMA Adopts Policy to Advance Gender Equity in Medicine

August 10, 2018

In order to reduce gender bias, the AMA was directed to recommend elimination of the question of prior salary information from job applications, create an awareness campaign to inform physicians of their rights, and establish educational programs to empower all genders to negotiate for equitable compensation.

National Guideline Clearinghouse Offline Due to Funding Cuts

August 02, 2018

"We believe it is important for providers to have access to evidence-based guidelines when they need them, which is why health insurance providers were an early supporter and sponsor of this project," Cathryn Donaldson, Director of Communications & Public Affairs for AHIP, said in a statement.

ACOG, Others Come Out Against Proposed Rule on Title-X

July 26, 2018

Organizations representing over 700,000 women and adolescent health care providers, including the ACOG, the AAP, and the American College of Physicians, are opposing all efforts to limit medically accurate health care information available to patients and exclude qualified providers from participating in the Title-X program.

Guidelines for ART Updated for Those With or at Risk for HIV

July 25, 2018

For initial therapy, an integrase strand transfer inhibitor plus 2 nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors is generally recommended; the treatment choice should be guided by unique patient circumstances.

CDC: Updated Recommendations for Latent TB Infection Treatment

By June 28, 2018

In 2017, a Work Group was assembled to conduct a systematic review of 3HP regimen studies published between January 2006 to June 2017, specifically looking at outcomes in children, individuals with HIV/AIDS, and those who self-administered treatment.

USPSTF Issues Recommendation on Screening for Osteoporosis

June 28, 2018

Based on these findings, the USPSTF recommends screening for women aged 65 years and older and in younger women who have been through menopause and are at increased risk.

AMA Adopts Ethical Guidance on Medical Tourism

June 27, 2018

Medical tourism can raise issues of safety and quality, particularly for care that is unapproved or legally or ethically prohibited in the United States.

HCV Guidelines Updated to Include Recommendations for Key Populations

By May 25, 2018

The guidelines were developed by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

AAN: New Guideline on Disease-Modifying Therapies for MS Published

By April 24, 2018

The guideline, published in the journal Neurology, provides recommendations on initiating, switching, and discontinuing DMTs relevant to patients with relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS), secondary progressive MS, primary progressive MS (PPMS), and clinically isolated syndromes of demyelination.

AASM: Medical Marijuana Should Not Be Used to Treat Sleep Apnea

By April 16, 2018

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) remains the mainstay of medical treatment for OSA.

AUA: New Guidelines for Diagnosis, Management of Testosterone Deficiency

By April 10, 2018

Clinicians should use a total testosterone level below 300ng/dL as a reasonable cut-off in support of the diagnosis of low testosterone.

Endocrine Society Updates Testosterone Therapy Guidelines

By March 20, 2018

Men should only be diagnosed with hypogonadism, says the new guideline, if they display symptoms of a testosterone deficiency and their measurements of total or free testosterone are unequivocally and consistently low.