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Inactive ACP Guidelines

The following guidelines have been produced by the American College of Physicians. Several guidelines have been compiled into three ACP books:

  1. Common Diagnostic Tests (CDT), 1990
  2. Common Screening Tests (CST), 1991
  3. Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG), 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995
Caveat: Please bear in mind that the Clinical Efficacy Assessment Subcommittee (CEAS) - the body developing and updating guidelines - considers guidelines 5 years old and older to be no longer active. An inactive guideline may be scientifically outdated because research invalidates or casts doubts on some of the recommendations. Hence the guidelines listed below are unavailable for purchase. If the CEAS considers the guideline topic to be of continued clinical interest, CEAS will update the guideline or develop the guideline with a slightly different focus, more suitable to today's practice environment.

 

Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time and Prothrombin Time

  • Guideline: Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time and Prothrombin Time (1990)
  • Evidence Review:Common Uses of the Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time and Prothrombin Time

Allergy Testing

  • Guideline: Allergy Testing (1989)
  • Evidence Review: Diagnostic Tests for Patients with Suspected Allergic Disease: Utility and Limitations
    Abstract

Ambulatory Electrocardiographic (Holter) Monitoring

  • Guideline: Ambulatory Electrocardiographic (Holter) Monitoring
  • Evidence Review: Use of Ambulatory Electrocardiographic (Holter) Monitoring
    Abstract

Appropriate Antibiotic Use

Acute Bronchitis

  • Guideline: Principles of Appropriate Antibiotic Use for Treatment of Acute Bronchitis in Adults (2001)
    Full Text
  • Evidence Review: Principles of Appropriate Antibiotic Use for Treatment of Uncomplicated Acute Bronchitis
    Abstract | Full Text

Acute Pharyngitis

  • Guideline:Principles of Appropriate Antibiotic Use for Acute Pharyngitis in Adults (2001)
    Full Text
  • Evidence Review:Principles of Appropriate Antibiotic Use for Acute Pharyngitis in Adults
    Abstract | Full Text

Acute Sinusitis

  • Guideline: Principles of Appropriate Antibiotic Use for Acute Sinusitis in Adults(2001)
    Full Text
  • Evidence Review: Principles of Appropriate Antibiotic Use for Acute Rhinosinusitis in Adults
    Abstract | Full Text

Nonspecific Upper Respiratory Tract Infections

  • Guideline: Principles of Appropriate Antibiotic Use for Treatment of Nonspecific Upper Respiratory Tract Infections in Adults (2001)
    Full Text
  • Evidence Review: Principles of Appropriate Antibiotic Use for Treatment of Acute Respiratory Tract Infections in Adults
    Abstract | Full Text
  • Evidence Review: Principles of Appropriate Antibiotic Use for Treatment of Nonspecific Upper Respiratory Tract Infections in Adults
    Abstract | Full Text

Atrial Fibrillation

  • Guideline: Management of Newly Detected Atrial Fibrillation: A Clinical Practice Guideline from the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Physicians (2003)
    Full Text | Summary for Patients
  • Evidence Review: Management of Atrial Fibrillation: Review of the Evidence for the Role of Pharmacologic Therapy, Electrical Cardioversiofn, and Echocardiography
    Full Text

Biochemical Profiles in Ambulatory Screening

  • Guideline: Biochemical Profiles in Ambulatory Screening and Preadmission Testing of Adults (1990)
  • Evidence Review: Biochemical Profiles: Applications in Ambulatory Screening and Preadmission Testing of Adults

Blood Pressure Monitoring

  • Guideline: Automated Ambulatory Blood Pressure and Self-Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring Devices: Their Role in the Diagnosis and Management of Hypertension (1993)
  • Evidence Review:Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring and Blood Pressure Self-Measurement in the Diagnosis and Management of Hypertension (background)
    Abstract

Blood and Serum Analyses

Arterial Blood Gas Analysis

  • Guideline: Arterial Blood Gas Analysis (1990)
  • Evidence Review: Indications for Arterial Blood Gas Analysis

Blood Cultures

  • Guideline: Blood Cultures (1990)
  • Evidence Review: Blood Cultures: Clinical Decisions

Blood Urea Nitrogen Concentration and Serum Creatinine Concentration

  • Guideline: Blood Urea Nitrogen Concentration and Serum Creatinine Concentration (1990)
  • Evidence Review: Serum Electrolytes, Serum Osmolality, Blood Urea Nitrogen, and Serum Creatinine

Complete Blood Count

  • Guideline: Complete Blood Count and Leukocyte Differential Count (1990)
  • Evidence Review: The Complete Blood Count and Leukocyte Differential Count: An Approach to Their Rational Application

Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate

  • Guideline: Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (1990)
  • Evidence Review: The Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate: Guidelines for Rational Use

Serum Electrolytes and Serum Osmolality

  • Guideline: Serum Electrolytes and Serum Osmolality (1990)

Cancer Screening

Breast Cancer

  • Guideline: Screening for Breast Cancer (1989)
    Abstract

Cervical Cancer

  • Guideline: Screening for Cervical Cancer (1990)
    Abstract

Colorectal Cancer

  • Guideline: Suggested Technique and Interpretation of the Fecal Occult Blood Test in Colorectal Cancer Screening (1997)
    Full Text
  • Evidence Review: Screening for Colorectal Cancer with the Fecal Occult Blood Test: A Background Paper
    Abstract | Full Text
  • Guideline: Screening for Colorectal Cancer (1990)
    Abstract

Lung Cancer

  • Guideline: Screening for Lung Cancer (1989)
    Abstract

Ovarian Cancer

  • Guideline: Screening for Ovarian Cancer: Recommendations and Rationale (1994)
  • Evidence Review: Screening for Ovarian Cancer
    Abstract

Prostate Cancer

  • Guideline: Screening for Prostate Cancer (1997)
    Full Text
  • Evidence Review: Early Detection of Prostate Cancer. Part I: Prior Probability and Effectiveness of Tests
    Abstract | Full Text
  • Evidence Review:Early Detection of Prostate Cancer. Part II: Estimating the Risks, Benefits, and Costs
    Abstract | Full Text

Carcinoembryonic Antigen

  • Guideline: Carcinoembryonic Antigen (1990)
  • Evidence Review: Carcinoembryonic Antigen

Cardiac Rehabilitation Services

  • Guideline: Cardiac Rehabilitation Services (1988)
  • Evidence Review: Efficacy of Cardiac Rehabilitation Services: With Emphasis on Patients After Myocardial Infarction
    Abstract

Cardiac Catheterization

  • Guideline: The Safety and Efficacy of Ambulatory Cardiac Catheterization in the Hospital Freestanding Setting (1985)

Carotid Arteries

Carotid Artery Evaluation

  • Guideline:Diagnostic Evaluation of the Carotid Arteries (1988)
  • Evidence Review: When and How to Study the Carotid Arteries
    Abstract

Carotid Endarterectomy

  • Guideline: Indications for Carotid Endarterectomy (1989)
  • Evidence Review: Carotid Endarterectomy
    Abstract

Cholesterol Screening

  • Guideline: Guidelines for Using Serum Cholesterol, High-density Lipoprotein Cholesterol, and Triglyceride Levels as Screening Tests for Preventing Coronary Heart Disease in Adults (1996)
    Full Text
  • Evidence Review:Cholesterol Screening in Asymptomatic Adults, Revisited
    Abstract | Full Text
  • Guideline: Screening Asymptomatic Adults for Cardiac Risk Factors: The Serum Cholesterol Level
    Abstract

Chronic Stable Angina

  • Guideline: Primary Care Management of Chronic Stable Angina and Asymptomatic Suspected or Known Coronary Artery Disease: A Clinical Practice Guideline from the American College of Physicians(2004)
    Full Text | Summary for Patients
  • Guideline: Evaluation of Primary Care Patients with Chronic Stable Angina: Guidelines from the American College of Physicians (2004)
    Full Text
  • Guideline: Guidelines for the Management of Patients with Chronic Stable Angina (1999)
    Full Text

Clinical Ecology

  • Guideline:Clinical Ecology (1989)
    Abstract

COPD

  • Guideline: Diagnosis and Management of Stable Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A Clinical Practice Guideline from the American College of Physicians (2007)
    Full Text | Summary for Patients | Video News ReleaseVideo Icon
  • Evidence Review: Management of Stable Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A Systematic Review for a Clinical Practice Guideline
    Full Text
  • Guideline: Evidence Base for Management of Acute Exacerbations of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (2001)
    Full Text
  • Evidence Review: Management of Acute Exacerbations of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A Summary and Appraisal of Published Evidence
    Abstract | Full Text

Coronary Artery Disease: Diagnosis and Prognosis

Exercise Thallium-201 Scintigraphy

  • Guideline: Efficacy of Exercise Thallium-201 Scintigraphy in the Diagnosis and Prognosis of Coronary Artery Disease (1990)
  • Evidence Review: Exercise Thallium-201 Scintigraphy in the Diagnosis and Prognosis of Coronary Artery Disease
    Abstract

Exercise Testing for Screening CAD

  • Guideline: The Role of Exercise Testing in Screening for Coronary Artery Disease (1989)
    Abstract
  • Evidence Review: Specialized Testing after Recent Acute Myocardial Infarction
    Abstract

Depression

  • Guideline: Pharmacological Treatment of Acute Major Depression and Dysthymia (2000)
    Full Text
  • Evidence Review: A Systematic Review of Newer Pharmacotherapies for Depression in Adults: Evidence Report Summary
    Abstract | Full Text

Diabetes

  • Guideline: Screening for Diabetes Mellitus (1988)
    Abstract
  • Guideline: Tests of Glycemia in Diabetes Mellitus (1990)
  • Evidence Review: Tests of Glycemia in Diabetes Mellitus: Their Use in Establishing a Diagnosis and in Treatment
    Abstract

Blood Pressure Management

  • Guideline: The Evidence Base for Tight Blood Pressure Control in the Management of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (2003)
    Full Text | Summary for Patients
  • Evidence Review: Treatment of Hypertension in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Blood Pressure Goals, Choice of Agents, and Setting Priorities in Diabetes Care
    Full Text

Lipid Management

  • Guideline: Guidelines on Lipid Control in Type 2 diabetes released by ACP (2004)
    Full Text | Summary for Patients
  • Evidence Review: Pharmacologic Lipid-Lowering Therapy in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Background Paper for the American College of Physicians
    Full Text

Diabetic Retinopathy

  • Guideline: Screening Guidelines for Diabetic Retinopathy (1992)
  • Evidence Review: Screening for Diabetic Retinopathy
    Abstract

Dyspepsia

  • Guideline: Endoscopy in the Evaluation of Dyspepsia (1985)

Dysuria

  • Guideline: Urinalysis and Urine Culture (and Other Tests) in Women with Acute Dysuria (1990)
  • Evidence Review: Urinalysis and Urine Culture in Women with Dysuria

Elective Red Blood Cell Transfusion

  • Guideline: Practice Strategies for Elective Red Blood Cell Transfusion (1992)
  • Evidence Review: Prudent Strategies for Elective Red Blood Cell Transfusion
    Abstract

Electrocardiograms

Preoperative and General Hospital Admission

  • Guideline: Preoperative and General Hospital Admission Electrocardiograms (1990)
  • Evidence Review: Utility of the Routine Electrocardiogram Before Surgery and on General Hospital Admission: Critical Background and New Guidelines

Resting Electrocardiogram

  • Guideline: The Resting Electrocardiogram as a Screening Test: A Clinical Analysis (1989)
    Abstract

Gallbladder

  • Guideline: How to Study the Gallbladder (1988)
  • Evidence Review: How to Image the Gallbladder in Suspected Cholecystitis
    Abstract

Gallstones

  • Guideline: Guidelines for the Treatment of Gallstones (1993)
  • Evidence Review: Treatment of Gallstones
    Abstract

Hereditary Hemochromatosis

  • Guideline: Screening for Hereditary Hemochromatosis: A Clinical Practice Guideline from the American College of Physicians (2005)
    Full Text | Summary for Patients
  • Evidence Review: Screening Primary Care Patients for Hereditary Hemochromatosis with Transferrin Saturation and Serum Ferritin Level: Systematic Review for the American College of Physicians
    Full Text

Hormone Therapy in Postmenopausal Women

  • Guideline: Guidelines for Counseling Postmenopausal Women about Preventive Hormone Therapy (1992)
  • Evidence Review: Hormone Therapy To Prevent Disease and Prolong Life in Postmenopausal Women
    Abstract

Hypertension

  • Guideline: Screening for Hypertension (1990)
    Abstract

Intravenous Pyelography

  • Guideline: Common Uses of Intravenous Pyelography in Adults (1989)
    Abstract
  • Evidence Review: Intravenous Pyelography: The Case Against Its Routine Use

Lyme Disease

  • Guideline: Guidelines for Laboratory Evaluation in the Diagnosis of Lyme Disease (1997)
    Full Text
  • Evidence Review: Laboratory Evaluation in the Diagnosis of Lyme Disease
    Abstract | Full Text

Migraine

MRI for Neuroimaging

  • Guideline: Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain and Spine: A Revised Statement(1994)
  • Evidence Review: The Clinical Efficacy of Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Neuroimaging
    Abstract

Myocardial Infarction

  • Guideline: Guidelines for Risk Stratification after Myocardial Infarction (guideline) (1997)
    Full Text
  • Evidence Review: Risk Stratification after Myocardial Infarction
    Abstract | Full Text
  • Guideline: Serum Enzyme Assays in the Diagnosis of Myocardial Infarction (1990)
  • Evidence Review: Serum Enzyme Assays in the Diagnosis of Acute Myocardial Infarction: Recommendations Based on a Quantitative Analysis
    Abstract
  • Guideline: Evaluation of Patients after Recent Acute Myocardial Infarction (1989)

Obesity

  • Guideline: Pharmacologic and Surgical Management of Obesity in Primary Care: A Clinical Practice Guideline from the American College of Physicians (2005)
    Full Text | Summary for Patients
  • Evidence Review: Meta-Analysis: Pharmacologic Treatment of Obesity
    Full Text
  • Evidence Review: Meta-Analysis: Surgical Treatment of Obesity
    Full Text

Osteoporosis

  • Guideline: Screening for Osteoporosis (1990)
    Abstract

Parenteral Nutrition in Patients Receiving Cancer Chemotherapy

  • Guideline: Parenteral Nutrition in Patients Receiving Cancer Chemotherapy (1989)

Perioperative Risk from Coronary Artery Disease

  • Guideline: Guidelines for Assessing and Managing the Perioperative Risk from Coronary Artery Disease Associated with Major Noncardiac Surgery (1997)
    Full Text
  • Evidence Review: Perioperative Assessment and Management of Risk from Coronary Artery Disease
    Abstract | Full Text

Perioperative Pulmonary Complications

  • Guideline: Risk Assessment for and Strategies To Reduce Perioperative Pulmonary Complications for Patients Undergoing Noncardiothoracic Surgery (2006)
    Full text | Summary for Patients
  • Evidence Review: Preoperative Pulmonary Risk Stratification for Noncardiothoracic Surgery
    Full text
  • Evidence Review: Strategies To Reduce Postoperative Pulmonary Complications after Noncardiothoracic Surgery
    Full text

Preoperative Pulmonary Function Testing

  • Guideline: Preoperative Pulmonary Function Testing (1990)
  • Evidence Review: Indication for Pulmonary Function Testing
    Abstract

Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Guideline: Methotrexate in Rheumatoid Arthritis (1987)
    Abstract
  • Evidence Review: Methotrexate in Rheumatoid Arthritis: Indications, Contraindications, Efficacy, and Safety
    Abstract

Spinal Tap

  • Guideline: The Diagnostic Spinal Tap (1986)
  • Evidence Review: The Spinal Tap: A New Look at an Old Test
    Abstract

Streptococcal Pharyngitis

  • Guideline: Throat Cultures and Rapid Tests for Diagnosis of Group A Streptococcal Pharyngitis (1990)
    Abstract
  • Evidence Review: Throat Cultures and Rapid Tests for Diagnosis of Group A Streptococcal Pharyngitis in Adults

Stroke

  • Guideline: Guidelines for Medical Treatment for Stroke Prevention (1994)
  • Evidence Review: Medical Treatment for Stroke Prevention
    Abstract

Syncope

  • Guideline: Diagnosing Syncope, Part 1: Value of History, Physical Examination, and Electrocardiography (1997)
    Abstract | Full Text
  • Evidence Review: Diagnosing Syncope, Part 2: Unexplained Syncope
    Abstract | Full Text

Syphilis

  • Guideline: Syphilis Tests (1990)
  • Evidence Review: Syphilis Tests in Diagnostic and Therapeutic Decision Making

Thyroid Disease

Screening for Thyroid Disease

  • Guideline: Screening for Thyroid Disease (1998)
    Full Text
  • Evidence Review: Screening for Thyroid Disease: An Update
    Abstract | Full Text
  • Guideline: Screening for Thyroid Disease (1990)
    Abstract

Thyroid Function Tests

  • Guideline: Thyroid Function Tests (1990)
  • Evidence Review: Testing for Suspected Thyroid Disease

Venous Thromboembolism

Management of Venous Thromboembolism

  • Guideline: Management of Venous Thromboembolism: A Clinical Practice Guideline from the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Family Physicians (2007)
    Full text | Summary for Patients
  • Evidence Review: Management of Venous Thromboembolism: A Systematic Review for a Practice Guideline
    Full text

Diagnosis of Venous Thromboembolism

  • Guideline: Current Diagnosis of Venous Thromboembolism in Primary Care: A Clinical Practice Guideline from the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Physicians (2007)
    Full text
  • Evidence Review: Review of the Evidence on Diagnosis of Deep Venous Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism Full
    Full text

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