By Craig Elmets, MD
Do you ever wonder what happens to a clinical guideline after it is published, or how it was even developed? Do you ever need access to a guideline and its recommendations but can’t find them? You’re in luck!
The Academy has created a new hub for its clinical guidelines and guideline-related resources. The Academy’s evidence-based clinical guidelines are the result of years of rigorous work by members and play a prominent role in decision-making and education to improve patient care for a number of important topics.
This information hub for guidelines also provides an overview of the AAD clinical guidelines and how they affect decision-making and education for clinical practice.
The updated Clinical guidelines page on the Academy’s website highlights these topics to help members quickly access relevant material. Each topic is augmented with its current status highlighting active, upcoming, or archived guidelines. Active guidelines are guidelines that are currently approved and supported by the AAD. Upcoming guidelines reflect topics for which a guideline is being developed, and archived guidelines are provided for informational purposes.
To remain active, guidelines must be re-evaluated at least every five years. They can either be re-written, revised or re-approved without changes. Those that are not reviewed are archived.
Selecting a guideline topic reveals all of the available documents, items, or activities. This includes:
- The full text of each clinical guideline.
- Archived versions of guidelines.
- Related AAD position statements.
- Related performance measures.
- Educational activities.
- Mobile apps.
This wide selection reflects the effect that AAD clinical guidelines can have on your practice. For example, choosing our popular psoriasis guidelines gives you access to not only all six parts of the guidelines and the clinical recommendations, it also gives you access the Psoriasis mobile Web app to explore the guidelines and recommendations on your mobile device, sign up for a free performance improvement CME based on the clinical guidelines, and read Board of Directors-approved position statements supported by the clinical guidelines.
For those who are looking for more details, this information hub for guidelines also provides an overview of the AAD clinical guidelines and how they affect decision-making and education for clinical practice.
Also included is a link to the details of the guideline development process, to which all AAD guidelines adhere to make them trustworthy. There is also a collection of links to related resources that highlight websites and content pertaining to guidelines and evidence-based medicine.
If none of these features can satisfy your curiosity about guidelines, there is a “contact us” section you can use to reach the AAD guidelines staff, who will do their best to provide you the information for which you are searching.
Visit the new page today and check back frequently to view our new guidelines and enhancements in the coming months!
Craig Elmets, MD, is a professor and chairman of the Department of Dermatology at University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is also chair of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) Clinical Guidelines Committee and a member of the AAD Council on Science and Research.