Sunday, November 8, 2009

Practice Guidelines and Statements according to Medical Specialties

The need to maintain an updated status in medical knowledge requires not only a large amount of reading, but an efficient system to localize medical information. There are many useful resources such as the National Guideline Clearinghouse or Webicina, that include most of the existent sites (institutions, websites, etc.) that provide direct information on any given specific topic.

There are simple ways of obtaining information as well, such as looking in Wikipedia, Google, medical news such as Medscape, WebMD, Heart.org, etc. or for more sofisticated and resourceful physicians, into UpToDate and MDConsult.

Being able to obtain immediate information from the direct source (not the intermediaries) is a privilege that technology brings to us. Many physicians chose to avoid the hassle and just limit themselves to use Google. This is not bad, as Google will likley direct them to the original source as well. However, knowing or having the links to direct sources of information makes the reader a more careful and selective researcher.

I made a list according to the different medical specialties, linking to the most important medical societies in the United States and Europe that provide Practice Statements and Guidelines. I hope you find it useful.

SUGGESTED GENERAL GUIDELINE SITES:
AGENCY FOR HEALTHCARE RESEARCH
NATIONAL GUIDELINE CLEARINGHOUSE
WEBICINA

ALLERGY, IMMUNOLOGY AND ENT
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ALLERGY, ASTHMA AND IMMUNOLOGY
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF OTOLARYNGOLOGY AND HEAD AND NECK SURGERY

ANESTHESIA
AMERICAN SOCIETY OF ANESTHESIOLOGISTS

CARDIOLOGY
AMERICAN COLLEGE OF CARDIOLOGY
AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION
EUROPEAN SOCIETY OF CARDIOLOGY
EUROPEAN SOCIETY OF HYPERTENSION
AMERICAN SOCIETY OF HYPERTENSION
HEART FAILURE SOCIETY OF AMERICA

DERMATOLOGY
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DERMATOLOGY

ENDOCRINOLOGY AND DIABETES
AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION – 2009 RECOMMENDATIONS
THE ENDOCRINE SOCIETY
AMERICAN THYROID ASSOCIATION

GASTROENTEROLOGY
AMERICAN COLLEGE OF GASTROENTEROLOGY
AMERICAN GASTROENTEROLOGICAL ASSOCIATION
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF LIVER DISEASES
AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR GASTROINTESTINAL ENDOSCOPY

HEMATOLOGY AND ONCOLOGY
AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY
AMERICAN SOCIETY OF HEMATOLOGY

INFECTIOUS DISEASES
INFECTIOUS DISEASES SOCIETY OF AMERICA


INTERNAL MEDICINE
AMERICAN COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS

NEPHROLOGY
INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF NEPHROLOGY (KDOQI GUIDELINES)
NEPHROLOGY RESOURCES

NEUROLOGY
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF NEUROLOGY
STROKE GUIDELINES AND RESOURCES
THE BRAIN ATTACK COALITION

OPHTHALMOLOGY
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF OPHTHALMOLOGY

ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ORTHOPEDIC SURGEONS
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PHYSICAL MEDICINE AND REHABILITATION
AMERICAN SPINAL INJURY ASSOCIATION
NORTH AMERICAN SPINE SOCIETY

PEDIATRICS
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS

PSYCHIATRY
AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION

PULMONARY AND CRITICAL CARE/SLEEP
AMERICAN COLLEGE OF CHEST PHYSICIANS
AMERICAN THORACIC SOCIETY
SOCIETY OF CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF SLEEP MEDICINE

RHEUMATOLOGY
AMERICAN COLLEGE OF RHEUMATOLOGY
EUROPEAN VASCULITIS STUDY GROUP
EUROPEAN LEAGUE AGAINST RHEUMATISM (EULAR)

SURGERY
AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS

UROLOGY
AMERICAN UROLOGICAL ASSOCIATION
EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION OF UROLOGY

VASCULAR SURGERY
SOCIETY FOR VASCULAR SURGERY

Follow me on Twitter for daily up-to-date cutting edge medical information!

Follow medpedshosp on Twitter

Twitter

My Blog List

My slides at Scribd

You can access the the presentations I have given at the Department of Hospital Medicine as well as the Children's Hospital at the Cleveland Clinic, as well as lectures given to the medical students at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. http://www.scribd.com/medpedshospitalist

Slideshows by User: mauron

Initiative to decrease Healthcare-Associated Infections

Disclaimer

This site express the opinion of the author and not of his employer.

The objective of this blog is to provide updated medical education in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, with emphasis in controversies or current information in Hospital Medicine.

The information provided in this blog is intended for healthcare professionals only.

All non-healthcare professionals visitors should consult with their physician any specific health questions, and discuss any information provided through this site with their physician before taking any action with regards to their healthcare needs. The information in this blog is NOT intended to provide medical advice.

This blog provides links to websites, including medical journals, medical news feeds, health-care related blogs, etc. These links do not constitute an endorsement of their products, policies, statements or actions.

The author of this blog encourages a critical review of literature and encourage the direct access of peer-reviewed medical journals as primary source of medical information.

Most information provided will be related to direct source data (updated guidelines, medical societies statements, etc.); however the utility of clinical cases as a source of medical education is recognized and therefore interesting and high-yield educational value clinical cases may be used. All clinical cases used will be compliant with patient privacy according with the HIPPA legislation act. (http://www/hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/)

By accessing this blog, the visitors acknowledge there is no physician-patient relationship between them and the author.

FUNDING AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT STATEMENT

- This site is hosted free of charge by Blogger.

- This blog does not host or receive funding from advertisement.

- No comments posted on this blog have the right of posting advertisement of any kind. This blog is strictly academic.

CONFIDENTIALITY (PRIVACY POLICY) STATEMENT

No information is collected from any visitor to this blog. The purpose of this blog is strictly educational. The email address of whomever contact the author of this blog is kept strictly confidential and is not passed to any third party unless required by law.

RULES FOR POSTING COMMENTS

Only registered users and followers of this blog can leave comments.

New comments are moderated. No profanity or politically incorrect statements are allowed. No comments intending to offend any culture, race, country, religion or political beliefs will be permitted.

This is an exclusively medically academic blog with the only intent of provoking thought (intellectual stimulation) and increase medical knowledge. Comments should be merely academic and neutral in political beliefs.