The AAO-HNSF began the development of Clinical Practice Guidelines in 2006. Guidelines are developed using an efficient and transparent methodology which is documented in the Clinical Practice Guideline Manual (See: Tools for Developing Guidelines). Below is a list of the AAO-HNSF clinical practice guidelines and clinical consensus statements, their publication dates, and related materials.
Clinical consensus statement: CT Imaging Indications for Paranasal Sinus Disease - November 2012
Clinical practice guideline: Sudden Hearing Loss - March 2012
Clinical practice guideline: Polysomnography for Sleep Disordered Breathing Prior to Tonsillectomy in Children - July 2011
Clinical practice guideline: Tonsillectomy in Children - January 2011
Clinical consensus statement: Diagnosis and management of nasal valve compromise - July 2010
Clinical practice guideline: Hoarseness (Dysphonia) - September 2009
Clinical practice guideline: Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) - November 2008
Clinical practice guideline: Cerumen Impaction - September 2008
Clinical practice guideline: Adult Sinusitis - September 2007
Clinical practice guideline: Acute Otitis Externa - April 2006
Other AAO-HNS/F Endorsed Guidelines
Otitis Media with Effusion - May 2004
Clinical Practice Guidelines and Consensus Statements Under Development
Clinical practice guideline: Improving Voice Outcomes after Thyroid Surgery
Clinical practice guideline: Tympanostomy Tubes in Children
Clinical practice guideline: Bell's palsy
Tools for Developing Guidelines
Guideline Task Force (GTF)
The GTF has been established to review and prioritize topics submitted for guideline development. The GTF is comprised of representatives from multiple specialty and subspecialty societies. The group meets biannually to review guideline development progress and to prioritize upcoming work products.
Guideline Topic Submission
The GDTF is currently accepting submission of topics for future guideline development. Please complete the topic submission form and submit your completed proposal to QualityImprovement@entnet.org
Clinical Practice Guideline Databases
AHRQ National Guideline Clearinghouse: A public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. NGC is an initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
Guidelines International Network: The Guidelines International Network (G-I-N) is an international not-for-profit association of organizations and individuals involved in clinical practice guidelines. G-I-N seeks to improve the quality of health care by promoting systematic development of clinical practice guidelines and their application into practice, through supporting international collaboration. G-I-N’s Guideline Library contains regularly-updated information about guidelines of the G-I-N membership.
Cochrane Library: Cochrane Reviews are systematic reviews of primary research in human health care and health policy. They investigate the effects of interventions (literally meaning to intervene to modify an outcome) for prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. They also assess the accuracy of a diagnostic test for a given condition in a specific patient group and setting.