Clinical Practice Guideline: Adult Sinusitis

Clinical Practice Guideline: Adult Sinusitis


Leadership: Richard M. Rosenfeld MD, MPH (Chair), Jay F. Piccirillo MD, (Assistant Chair), Sujana S. Chandrasekhar, MD (Methodologist)

Guideline Development Group: Itzhak Brook, MD, MSc; Kaparaboyna Ashok Kumar, MD, FRCS; Maggie Kramper, RN, FNP; Richard R. Orlandi, MD; James N. Palmer, MD; Zara M. Patel, MD; Anju Peters, MD; Sandra A. Walsh, and Maureen D. Corrigan.

The guideline was published as a supplement in the April 2015 issue of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery.

The purpose of this multidisciplinary guideline is to identify quality improvement opportunities in managing adult rhinosinusitis and to create explicit and actionable recommendations to implement these opportunities in clinical practice. Specifically, the goals are to improve diagnostic accuracy for adult rhinosinusitis, promote judicious use of systemic and topical therapy, and promote appropriate use of ancillary tests to confirm diagnosis and guide management, which include radiography, nasal endoscopy, computed tomography, and testing for allergy and immune function. Emphasis was also placed on identifying multiple chronic conditions that would modify management of rhinosinusitis, including asthma, cystic fibrosis, immunocompromised state, and ciliary dyskinesia. The guideline is intended for all clinicians who are likely to diagnose and manage adults with rhinosinusitis and applies to any setting in which an adult with rhinosinusitis would be identified, monitored, or managed. This guideline, however, does not apply to patients younger than 18 years or to patients of any age with complicated rhinosinusitis.

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