Guideline Task Force releases updates and new products

July 2017 – Vol. 36, No. 6

The AAO-HNSF Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) and Clinical Consensus Statement (CCS) program continues to thrive. We’ve completed multiple five-year CPG updates, created several new products, released the much-anticipated CCS manual, and welcomed new methodologists into our fold.

Five-year updates

  • CPG: Cerumen Impaction (January)
  • CPG: Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (March)
  • CPG: Hoarseness (Dysphonia) (submitted to Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery.)
  • CPG: Tonsillectomy in Children (in process)

New products

  • CPG: Rhinoplasty (February)
  • CPG: Evaluation of the Neck Mass in Adults (submitted to Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery)
  • CCS: Sinus Ostial Dilation (in process)

We are pleased to see a continued, high level of interest in the guidelines. Citations for the CPG products now exceed 4,559, and all of the 2016 top 10 most-accessed articles for Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery were guideline products (totaling more than 160,000 downloads).

Our senior guideline methodologists, Richard M. Rosenfeld, MD, MPH, and Seth R. Schwartz, MD, MPH, have been busy training additional members to become guideline methodologists, as well as shadowing recent graduates as they take the lead as methodologists on new and update guidelines. Our current methodologists in training include Stacey L. Ishman, MD, MPH; David E. Tunkel, MD; Lisa E. Ishii, MD, MHS; and Sujana S. Chandrasekhar, MD.

The Guideline Task Force continues to meet in the spring and fall to explore educational topics and to review new guideline and CCS topics. The current queue includes five-year updates for “Sudden Hearing Loss” and “Polysomnography for Sleep Disordered Breathing Prior to Tonsillectomy in Children.” The future schedule for guidelines includes those regarding epistaxis and Ménière’s disease.

To help educate members about the Clinical Practice Guidelines, 70 CME activities and more than 60 ABOto Self-Assessment Modules/Performance Improvement Modules have been linked to the pertinent guideline webpages.