ICSI has been developing evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to improve patient care since 1993. Learn more about ICSI Guidelines.
Updated Guideline Availability
We have two new updated guidelines to share:
- Palliative Care for Adults Guideline defines appropriate evaluations and outcomes. This guideline attempts to equip the clinician with knowledge of appropriate discussions, clinical interventions, and utilization of palliative care and hospice. This guideline is appropriate for adult patients who still desire curative or life-prolonging treatments, or patients who are best served by active end-of-life management.
- The recently updated ICSI Perioperative Guideline has been enhanced to include a new section, Perioperative Opioid Management. The new section addresses the entire continuum of Perioperative Opioid Management (preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative). The scope and target population is adults (18 years of age and older) undergoing elective surgery.
Guideline Work Group Recruitment
Asthma, Diagnosis and Management of
February 9, 2017
The ICSI Diagnosis and Management of Asthma guideline work group endorsed 2016 Global Strategy for Asthma Management and Prevention Report with added qualifications/comments.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Diagnosis and Management of
January 20, 2016
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.
Depression, Adult in Primary Care
March 31, 2016
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.
January 28, 2016
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.
Hypertension Work Group: 2018 Commentary
June 20, 2018
In December 2017, the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA), and nine other professional organizations released an updated guideline on hypertension1.
Lipid Management in Adults
MAY 8, 2017
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).
Low Back Pain, Adult Acute and Subacute
MARCH 29, 2018
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.
Osteoporosis, Diagnosis and Treatment of
July 27, 2017
This guideline is targeted toward identification of adult patients at risk for osteoporosis, as well as identification and treatment of those patients with osteoporosis.
Pain; Assessment, Non-opioid Treatment Approaches and Opioid Management
August 28, 2017
Assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of acute, subacute, and chronic pain in ambulatory settings.
Palliative Care for Adults
January 23, 2020
By defining appropriate evaluations and outcomes, this guideline attempts to equip the clinician with knowledge of appropriate discussions, clinical interventions, and utilization of palliative care and hospice. This guideline is appropriate for adult patients who still desire curative or life-prolonging treatments, or patients who are best served by active end-of-life management.
January 8, 2020
The ICSI Perioperative Guideline has been enhanced to include a new section – Perioperative Opioid Management – that was developed by a separate work group and reviewed and approved by the Perioperative Guideline work group. The new section addresses the entire continuum of Perioperative Opioid Management (preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative). The scope and target population is adults (18 years of age and older) undergoing elective surgery.
Respiratory Illness in Children and Adults, Diagnosis and Treatment of
October 10, 2017
Guideline for acute conditions including sinusitis, strep pharyngitis, non-infectious rhinitis and the common cold.