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The Evolution and Future of ACC/AHA Clinical Practice Guidelines: A 30-Year Journey

  • In 2014, we mark the 30th anniversary of the first publication of an American College of Cardiology (ACC) and American Heart Association (AHA) clinical practice guideline (CPG).
  • Notably, there has been an increased focus on the "how" of CPGs and changes in the methodology used to collect and evaluate the evidence.
  • The "why" and "how" of CPGs continue to evolve. Although the "why" is based on the directive to develop evidence-based recommendations for selection of diagnostic tests.

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A Video Discussion from Key Leaders

The Evolution and Future of ACC/AHA Clinical Practice Guidelines: A 30-Year Journey
AHA President, Elliott Antman, MD, outlines the need for change to ensure that guidelines remain timely and relevant.  Alice Jacobs, MD, offers an overview of the major changes, and Jeffrey L. Anderson, MD, focuses on 2 specific areas of improvement.