Guidelines

ICSI has been developing evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to improve patient care since 1993. Learn more about ICSI Guidelines.

Guideline Work Group Recruitment

Have you ever participated in an ICSI guideline work group? We are looking for participants for the following:

1.  Perioperative Protocol: We plan to revise the perioperative protocol, with an exclusive focus on preoperative management.  Other components of the protocol will be retired. Our goal is to begin the revision in late September/early October and anticipate six monthly meetings which can be attended in-person or by conference call.

2. Colorectal Cancer Screening:  The American Cancer Society recently came out with new colorectal cancer screening recommendations, which recommends screening start at age 45 for average risk patients rather than age 50 (as recommended by United States Preventive Services Task Force).  ICSI would like to convene an expert work group to write a commentary on this new recommendation.  We request participation in two meetings (two hours each) in September/October.

Please contact Jodie Dvorkin (jdvorkin@icsi.org) if you are interested in joining either of these upcoming work groups.

  • The ICSI Diagnosis and Management of Asthma guideline work group endorsed 2016 Global Strategy for Asthma Management and Prevention Report with added qualifications/comments.

  • ICSI has endorsed with qualifications the Veteran’s Affairs/Department of Defense (VA/DoD) Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

  • The purpose of this guideline is to assist primary care in developing systems that support effective assessment, diagnosis and ongoing management of new or existing diagnosis of major depression in adults age 18 and over and assist patients to achieve remission of symptoms, reduce relapse and return to previous level of functioning.

  • Comprehensive approach to the diagnosis and management of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes mellitus in adults age 18 and older.

  • E-cigarettes deliver nicotine rapidly to the brain without burning tobacco. The e-cigarette heats a liquid solution of nicotine via a battery-powered device producing nicotine-containing vapor for inhalation.

  • Patients age 12 years and older who present with headache.

  • Healthy Lifestyles summarizes evidence-based practices which can be used to assess, advise, seek patient agreement, and assist patients as they work towards healthy lifestyle behaviors.

  • In December 2017, the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA), and nine other professional organizations released an updated guideline on hypertension1.

  • ICSI has endorsed with qualifications recommendations from two guidelines: 2016 United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and 2013 American College of Cardiology (ACC)/American Heart Association (AHA).

  • Adult patients age 18 and over in primary care who have symptoms of low back pain or radiculopathy. The focus is on the acute (pain for up to 7 weeks) and subacute (pain for between 7 and 12 weeks) phases of low back pain. It includes the ongoing management, including indications for spine specialist referral within the first 12 weeks of onset.

  • This guideline is targeted toward identification of adult patients at risk for osteoporosis, as well as identification and treatment of those patients with osteoporosis.

  • Assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of acute, subacute, and chronic pain in ambulatory settings.

  • This guideline will assist primary and specialty care providers in identifying and caring for adult patients with a serious (potentially life-limiting, life-threatening or chronic, progressive) illness who may benefit from palliative care.

  • The protocol will describe the steps performed throughout the perioperative period (preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative) that are necessary to prevent wrong site, wrong patient or wrong procedure, as well as to prevent surgical site infection and prevent the unintentional retention of a foreign object.

  • Guideline for acute conditions including sinusitis, strep pharyngitis, non-infectious rhinitis and the common cold.

  • ICSI has endorsed with qualifications documents from the American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association (ASA).

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