Guidelines

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. Read more here
  • 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

Have you ever participated in an ICSI guideline work group? To learn more about participation, contact Jodie Dvorkin (jdvorkin@icsi.org).

  • 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 American Cancer Society recently recommended the Colon Cancer screening begin at age 45; this recommendation differs from the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) which recommends routine screening starting at age 50.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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