Clinical Practice Guidelines: AAO-HNSF Process for CPG Development and Topic Selection

Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018 Feb;158(2):219-221. doi: 10.1177/0194599817738526. Epub 2017 Oct 24.


The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery has been developing clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) for use by its members and the public. The process of CPG development and the selection of topics for CPGs can be confusing. This commentary attempts to clarify this process and delineate the issues that are considered in topic selection.

Keywords: clinical practice guidelines; development; evidence-based medicine; priority; topic selection.

MeSH terms

  • Decision Making, Organizational
  • Evidence-Based Medicine / standards*
  • Humans
  • Otolaryngology / standards*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*
  • Societies, Medical
  • United States