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ACP Clinical Practice Guidelines

ACP produces "evidence-based clinical practice guidelines," which means our guidelines follow a rigorous development process and are based on the highest quality scientific evidence.

Current Guidelines

Anemia in Patients with Heart Disease
  • Guideline: Treatment of Anemia in Patients With Heart Disease: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the American College of Physicians (2013)
    Full text | Summary for Patients |
  • Evidence Review: Treatment of Anemia in Patients With Heart Disease: A Systematic Review (2013)
    Full text
Breast Cancer Screening
  • Guideline: Screening Mammography for Women 40 to 49 Years of Age: A Clinical Practice Guideline from the American College of Physicians (2007)
    Full text | Summary for Patients
  • Evidence Review: Screening Mammography in Women 40 to 49 Years of Age: A Systematic Review for the American College of Physicians
    Full text
Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Guideline: Screening, Monitoring, and Treatment of Stage 1-3 Chronic Kidney Disease: A Clinical Practice Guideline from the American College of Physicians (2013)
    Full Text | Summary for Patients |
COPD
  • Guideline: Diagnosis and Management of Stable Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A Clinical Practice Guideline Update from the American College of Physicians, American College of Chest Physicians, American Thoracic Society, and European Respiratory Society (2011)
    Full Text | Summary for Patients | Video News ReleaseVideo Icon
Dementia
  • Guideline: Current Pharmacologic Treatment of Dementia: A Clinical Practice Guideline from the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Family Physicians (2008)
    Full text | Summary for Patients
  • Evidence Review: Effectiveness of Cholinesterase Inhibitors and Memantine for Treating Dementia: Evidence Review for a Clinical Practice Guideline
    Full text
Depression
  • Guideline: Using Second-Generation Antidepressants to Treat Depressive Disorders: A Clinical Practice Guideline from the American College of Physicians (2008)
    Full text | Summary for Patients
  • Evidence Review: Comparative Benefits and Harms of Second-Generation Antidepressants: Background Paper for the American College of Physicians
    Full text
Diabetes
  • Guideline: Oral Pharmacologic Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: A Clinical Practice Guideline from the American College of Physicians (2012)
    Full text | Summary for Patients |
Erectile Dysfunction
  • Guideline: Hormonal Testing and Pharmacologic Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the American College of Physicians (2009)
    Full text | Summary for Patients | Video News ReleaseVideo Icon
  • Evidence Review: Oral Phosphodiesterase-5 Inhibitors and Hormonal Treatments for Erectile Dysfunction: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
    Full text
Inpatient Glycemic Control
  • Guideline: Use of Intensive Insulin Therapy for the Management of Glycemic Control in Hospitalized Patients: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the American College of Physicians (2011)
    Full text
  • Evidence Review: Intensive Insulin Therapy in Hospitalized Patients: A Systematic Review
    Full text
Low Back Pain
  • Guideline: Diagnosis and Treatment of Low Back Pain: A Joint Clinical Practice Guideline from the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society (2007)
    Full text | Summary for Patients | Video News ReleaseVideo Icon | Pocketcard | eGuidelineViewer (digital Pocketcard) | Educational Program
  • Evidence Review: Medications for Acute and Chronic Low Back Pain: A Review of the Evidence for an American Pain Society/American College of Physicians Clinical Practice Guideline
    Full text
  • Evidence Review: Nonpharmacologic Therapies for Acute and Chronic Low Back Pain: A Review of the Evidence for an American Pain Society/American College of Physicians Clinical Practice Guideline
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Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Osteoporosis
    Screening for Osteoporosis in Men
  • Guideline: Screening for Osteoporosis in Men: A Clinical Practice Guideline from the American College of Physicians (2008)
    Full text | Summary for Patients | Video News ReleaseVideo Icon
  • Evidence Review: Screening for Osteoporosis in Men: A Systematic Review for an American College of Physicians Guideline
    Full text
  • Treatment of Osteoporosis
  • Guideline: Pharmacologic Treatment of Low Bone Density or Osteoporosis to Prevent Fractures: A Clinical Practice Guideline from the American College of Physicians (2008)
    Full text | Summary for Patients
  • Evidence Review: Systematic Review: Comparative Effectiveness of Treatments to Prevent Fractures in Men and Women with Low Bone Density or Osteoporosis
    Full text
Palliative Care at the End of Life
  • Guideline: Evidence-Based Interventions to Improve the Palliative Care of Pain, Dyspnea, and Depression at the End of Life: A Clinical Practice Guideline from the American College of Physicians (2008)
    Full text | Summary for Patients
  • Evidence Review: Evidence for Improving Palliative Care at the End of Life: A Systematic Review
    Full text
Stable Ischemic Heart Disease
  • Guideline: Diagnosis of Patients With Stable Ischemic Heart Disease: Executive Summary of a Clinical Practice Guideline for Primary Care From the American College of Physicians/American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association/American Association for Thoracic Surgery/Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association/Society of Thoracic Surgeons (2012)
    Full text | Summary for Patients | Video News ReleaseVideo Icon
  • Guideline: Management of Patients With Stable Ischemic Heart Disease: Executive Summary of a Clinical Practice Guideline From the American College of Physicians/American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association/American Association for Thoracic Surgery/Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association/Society of Thoracic Surgeons (2012)
    Full text | Summary for Patients | Video News ReleaseVideo Icon
Venous Thromboembolism
    Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis in Hospitalized Patients
  • Guideline: Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis in Hospitalized Patients: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the American College of Physicians
    Full text | Summary for Patients | Video News ReleaseVideo Icon
  • Evidence Review: Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis in Hospitalized Medical Patients and Those With Stroke: A Background Review for an American College of Physicians Clinical Practice Guideline
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For more screening and preventive care guidelines, the ACP recommends visiting the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care websites. For HIV Screening and related guidelines, the ACP recommends the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Requests for bulk reprints (minimum, 100 copies) of all guidelines published in Annals of Internal Medicine may be made to Mary Kay Crowther, via phone at 215-351-2837 or via email at mkcrowther@acponline.org.

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