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Making the GRADE: It’s time to AGREE on better CPGs

Staying abreast of the constant changes to clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) and determining their quality is difficult.  The general consensus in the medical community is that CPGs reduce inappropriate care and improve treatment quality and patient safety. However, concerns have been raised about the reliability, quality, and validity of CPGs. A recently published systematic review critically appraised the quality of published CPGs for the treatment of chronic diseases in primary care.

Guest Authors:  Frank Yu, Pharm.D. and Takova Wallace-Gay, Pharm.D., BCACP

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Top Ten Things Every Clinician Should Know About the 2018 Cholesterol Guidelines

The American Heart Association / American College of Cardiology (AHA/ACC) Task Force recently published the 2018 Guideline on the Management of Blood Cholesterol. The guidelines writing committee had representation from 12 organizations, including the National Lipid Association, American Diabetes Association, and the American Pharmacists Association — all of whom endorsed the guidelines. The previous guidelines (published in 2013) were intended to answer some specific clinical questions and significantly changed our approach to treatment. The 2018 guidelines provide a more comprehensive set of recommendations, akin to the (older) National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Adult Treatment Panel (ATP) III guidelines last published in 2002!

Guest Authors:  Dawn Fuke, Pharm.D., BCPS, and Zach Conroy, PharmD, BCACP

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Top Ten Things Every Clinician Should Know About the 2018 Antithrombotic Therapy Atrial Fibrillation Guidelines

The American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) recently updated their guideline recommendations for the use of antithrombotics for the prevention of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (aka the Chest Guidelines).  Find out what's new, who shouldn't receive treatment based on the CHA2DS2-VASc score, and why the guideline panel recommends calculating a patient's SAME-TTR score.

Guest Author:  Dylan Lindsay, PharmD

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