Jan 14, 2010

Ulcerative colitis practice guidelines in adults: American College Of Gastroenterology, Practice Parameters Committee

The American Journal of Gastroenterology
Asher KornbluthPractice Parameters Committee of the American College of Gastroenterology

Abstract

Guidelines for clinical practice are aimed to indicate preferred approaches to medical problems as established by scientifically valid research. Double-blind placebo controlled studies are preferable, but compassionate-use reports and expert review articles are used in a thorough review of the literature conducted through Medline with the National Library of Medicine. When only data that will not withstand objective scrutiny are available, a recommendation is identified as a consensus of experts. Guidelines are applicable to all physicians who address the subject regardless of specialty training or interests and are aimed to indicate the preferable but not necessarily the only acceptable approach to a specific problem. Guidelines are intended to be flexible and must be distinguished from standards of care, which are inflexible and rarely violated. Given the wide range of specifics in any health-care problem, the physician must always choose the course best suited to the individual patient and the variables in existence at the moment of decision. Guidelines are developed under the auspices of the American College of Gastroenterology and its Practice Parameters Committee and approved by the board of trustees. Each has been intens...Continue Reading

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Gastroenterology (Field)
Severity of Illness Index
Differential Diagnosis
Population Surveillance
Combined Modality Therapy
Pouchitis
Remission Induction
Ulcerative Colitis

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