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  • About HIVMA Practice Guidelines

    Practice guidelines are systematically developed statements to assist practitioners and patients in making decisions about appropriate health care for specific clinical circumstances. [Institute of Medicine Committee to Advise the Public Health Service on Clinical Practice Guidelines, 1990] Attributes of good guidelines include validity, reliability, reproducibility, clinical applicability, clinical flexibility, clarity, multidisciplinary process, review of evidence, and documentation. [Institute of Medicine Committee to Advise the Public Health Service on Clinical Practice Guidelines, 1990]

    It is important to realize that guidelines cannot always account for individual variation among patients. They are not intended to supplant physician judgment with respect to particular patients or special clinical situations. IDSA and HIVMA consider adherence to practice guidelines to be voluntary, with the ultimate determination regarding their application to be made by the physician in the light of each patient’s individual circumstances.

    The clinical practice guidelines development program falls under the auspices of the Standards and Practice Guidelines Committee (SPGC). While the SPGC is charged with the review and approval of guideline topics and guideline drafts, guideline development is performed by topic-specific expert panels. Expert panels adhere to a rigorous process that is outlined in the “Clinical Practice Guideline Development Handbook.”

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    Questions regarding the IDSA and HIVMA guidelines program should be directed to:

  • Vice President, Clinical Affairs
    Jennifer Padberg, MPH
    (703) 299- 0200

 

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