The AAO-HNS is the world’s largest organization representing otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons – physicians who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the ears, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck. Our communications team is here to help you find authoritative and reliable information on a range of otolaryngology topics.
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Director, Publications and Public Outreach
Otolaryngology‒Head and Neck Surgery employs an embargo system. All articles in the journal are embargoed until they are published, including OnlineFirst publication. OnlineFirst allows forthcoming articles to be published online at http://oto.sagepub.com before they are scheduled to appear in print. Otolaryngology‒Head and Neck Surgery offers OnlineFirst so that content can reach its audience more quickly and research can be utilized sooner. OnlineFirst articles may be cited and may be reported on by the news media.
The volume of OnlineFirst articles that are released each Tuesday varies. News media may be notified of select newly released articles via EurekAlert, Twitter (#OtoJournal), or email.
Not all content is published OnlineFirst. Some articles, such as guideline executive summaries, are released more formally coinciding with monthly online and print publication. Articles not published OnlineFirst are embargoed for release until published, unless otherwise specified. Members of the media are responsible for confirming the embargo day and time, and are subject to penalties for embargo breaks.
The AAO-HNS is the world’s largest organization representing specialists who treat the ear, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck. The Academy represents approximately 12,000 otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons who diagnose and treat disorders of those areas. The medical disorders treated by our physicians are among the most common that afflict all Americans, young and old. They include chronic ear infection, sinusitis, snoring and sleep apnea, hearing loss, allergies and hay fever, swallowing disorders, nosebleeds, hoarseness, dizziness, and head and neck cancer.
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. Visit the Academy’s About Us page for more information.
Otolaryngology (pronounced oh/toe/lair/in/goll/oh/jee) is the oldest medical specialty in the United States. Otolaryngologists are physicians trained in the medical and surgical management and treatment of patients with diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat (ENT), and related structures of the head and neck. They are commonly referred to as ENT physicians. Their special skills include diagnosing and managing diseases of the sinuses, larynx (voice box), oral cavity, and upper pharynx (mouth and throat), as well as structures of the neck and face. Otolaryngologists diagnose, treat, and manage specialty-specific disorders as well as many primary care problems in both children and adults.
Visit the Academy’s patient-focused site, ENThealth.org, for more information about otolaryngology and conditions that otolaryngologists treat.
Otolaryngology Health Observances and Campaigns
The Academy supports patient education on a range of otolaryngology topics and conditions. To enhance patient education, the Academy sponsors a number of otolaryngology-related health observances, as well as provides additional resources for established observances that are sponsored by other health organizations. View the full list of campaigns and health observances to see upcoming health promotions.
Academy Position Statements
A Position Statement is used to designate a statement, policy, or declaration of the AAO-HNS/F on a particular topic or topics. Statements are created to formalize the AAO-HNS/F position on a clinical procedure or medical service with third party payers, for use in state and federal regulatory or advocacy efforts, or to clarify the AAO-HNS/F approval or disapproval of certain practices in medicine. See the Academy’s full list of Position Statements to learn more about particular statement topics.
Clinical Practice Guidelines
As defined by the Institute of Medicine, Clinical Practice Guidelines are “statements that include recommendations intended to optimize patient care that are informed by a systematic review of evidence and an assessment of the benefits and harms of alternative care options.” Guidelines are one way of increasing implementation of evidence into practice. They can serve as a guide to best practices, a framework for clinical decision making, and a benchmark for evaluating performance.
Visit the Academy’s Clinical Practice Guideline page to see all guidelines and to learn more about guidelines that will published in the future.
Expert Consensus Statements
An Expert Consensus Statement (ECS) reflects opinions synthesized from an organized group of experts into a written document. ECSs reflect the expert views of a panel of individuals who are well versed on the topic of interest while carefully examining and discussing the scientific data available. ECSs are not to be confused with a formal evidence review and are not developed in accordance with clinical
Visit the Academy’s Expert Consensus Statement page to see all the consensus statements and to learn more about ECSs that will be published in the future.
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