Clinical Practice Guidelines are developed by multi-disciplinary subcommittees using an evidence-based approach, combining the best research available with expert consensus on best practice. The Academy created the policy statement, "Classifying Recommendations for Clinical Practice Guidelines." to address the need for transparency and rating of the strength of recommendations in clinical practice guidelines. To ensure the need for transparency, even when evidence is lacking, the policy statement "Toward Transparent Clinical Policies" emphasizes that consensus-based statements are acceptable, but should be clearly communicated as such to the reader. To view all AAP Clinical Practice Guidelines, click here.
The Academy submits topics to the Effective Healthcare Program for evidence report development. For a complete listing of evidence-based guidelines through the National Guideline Clearinghouse, click here. The Academy is also working to implement the principles outlined in the National Academy of Medicine Report, Clinical Practice Guidelines We Can Trust.
The Council on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (COQIPS) and its Implementation Committee is committed to providing pediatricians with easy to use resources for implementing Clinical Practice Guidelines. To view all implementation resources (measures, key driver diagrams, implementation tools, educational materials) related to AAP recommendations, please click here.