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Clinical Practice Guideline: Allergic Rhinitis

Clinical Practice Guideline: Allergic Rhinitis

Allergic Rhinitis CPG

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

The primary purpose of this guideline is to address quality improvement opportunities for all clinicians, in any setting, who are likely to manage patients with AR, as well as to optimize patient care, promote effective diagnosis and therapy, and reduce harmful or unnecessary variations in care. The guideline is intended to be applicable for both pediatric and adult patients with AR. Children under the age of 2 years were excluded in this clinical practice guideline because rhinitis in this population may be different than in older patients and is not informed by the same evidence base.

Leadership: Michael D. Seidman, MD, (Chair), Richard K. Gurgel MD, (Assistant Chair), Sandra Y. Lin, MD (Assistant Chair), Seth R. Schwartz, MD, MPH (Methodologist).

Guideline Development Group: Fuad M. Baroody, MD; James R. Bonner, MD; Douglas E. Dawson, MD; Mark S. Dykewicz, MD; Jesse M. Hackell, MD; Joseph K. Han, MD; Stacey L. Ishman, MD, MPH; Helene J. Krouse, PhD, ANP-BC; Sonya Malekzadeh, MD; James (Whit) W. Mims, MD; Folashade S. Omole, MD; William D. Reddy, LAc, DiplAc; Dana V. Wallace, MD; Sandra A. Walsh; Barbara E. Warren, PsyD, MEd; Meghan N. Wilson, MD; Lorraine C. Nnacheta, MPH

Endorsed by: American Academy of Family Physicians, July 2015


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