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Public to Comment on Allergic Rhinitis Clinical Practice Guideline

August 19, 2014 - 4:08pm

ALEXANDRIA, VA — From today, August 19 – September 2, 2014, the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) is holding an open public comment period for the newly developed Clinical Practice Guideline: Allergic Rhinitis.

As part of the AAO-HNSF’s clinical practice guideline (CPG) development work, guidelines are made available for public comment prior to publication. The AAO-HNSF has determined that a public comment period helps align the AAO-HNSF’s guideline development methodology to the eight standards proposed by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in its consensus report “Clinical Practice Guidelines We Can Trust.”

The allergic rhinitis guideline has gone through an extensive external peer review as described in the AAO-HNSF’s guideline development manual. External reviewers were given four weeks to review and provide comments on the CPG. The CPG’s chair and assistant chairs reviewed and responded to all reviewer comments and updated the document where appropriate.

As of today, the CPG will be available for public comment for a two-week period. All comments received will be reviewed by the guideline development group, which will determine if any further modifications are required before the CPG is submitted to the Foundation’s Board of Directors for approval and to Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery. Individuals wishing to review the document will be required to complete a conflict of interest disclosure.

For more information, please visit The public comment period will close on September 2, 2014.

Members of the media interested in the guideline should contact: Tina Maggio at 1-703-535-3762, or

About the AAO-HNSF
The American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, one of the oldest medical associations in the nation, represents about 12,000 physicians and allied health professionals who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the ears, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck. The Academy serves its members by facilitating the advancement of the science and art of medicine related to otolaryngology and by representing the specialty in governmental and socioeconomic issues. The AAO-HNS Foundation works to advance the art, science, and ethical practice of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery through education, research, and lifelong learning. The organization's vision: "Empowering otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons to deliver the best patient care."

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