Practice Parameters and Other Guidelines

The Joint Task Force (JTF) on Practice Parameters was formed in 1989 and is comprised of members from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Practice parameters are designed to assist clinicians in providing high quality assessment and treatment that is consistent with the best available scientific evidence and clinical consensus. The parameters describe generally accepted practices but are not intended to define a standard of care, nor should they be deemed inclusive of all proper methods of care or exclusive of other legitimate methods of care directed at obtaining the desired results.

The ultimate judgment regarding the care of a patient and family must be made by the clinician in light of all the clinical evidence presented by the patient and family, the diagnostic and treatment options available, and available resources.

Current practice parameters are listed below. Information about previous and future practice parameters can be found on the Joint Task Force on Practice Parameters website.
 

Allergy Testing 
Allergy diagnostic testing: an updated practice parameter (2008)


Anaphylaxis
Anaphylaxis - a practice parameter update (2015)
Emergency department diagnosis and treatment of anaphylaxis: a practice parameter (2014)


Asthma
Exercise-induced bronchoconstriction practice parameter update (2016)
Management of acute loss of asthma control in the yellow zone: a practice parameter (2014)
Exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (2010)
Attaining optimal asthma control: a practice parameter (2005)
Algorithm for the diagnosis and management of asthma: a practice parameter update (1998)
Practice parameters for the diagnosis and treatment of asthma (1995)


Cockroach Allergy
Environmental assessment and exposure reduction of cockroaches: A practice parameter (2013)

Dust Mite
Environmental assessment and exposure control of dust mites: a practice parameter (2013)

Drug Allergy
Drug allergy: an updated practice parameter (2010)


Food Allergy

Food allergy: a practice parameter update (2014)
Food allergy: a practice parameter (2006)


Immunotherapy
Sublingual immunotherapy: A focused allergen immunotherapy practice parameter update (2017)
Allergen immunotherapy: a practice parameter third update (2011)


Pet/Rodent
Environmental assessment and exposure control: a practice parameter—furry animals (2012)
Environmental assessment and exposure reduction of rodents: a practice parameter (2012)


Primary Immunodeficiency
Practice parameter for the diagnosis and management of primary immunodeficiency (2015)

Rhinitis
Treatment of seasonal allergic rhinitis - An evidence-based focused 2017 guideline update (2017)
The diagnosis and management of rhinitis: an updated practice parameter (2008)


Sinusitis
Diagnosis and management of rhinosinusitis: a practice parameter update (2014)
The diagnosis and management of sinusitis: a practice parameter update (2005)


Skin Allergy
Contact dermatitis: a practice parameter Update (2015)
The diagnosis and management of acute and chronic urticaria: a practice parameter update (2014)
A focused parameter update: Hereditary angioedema, acquired C1 inhibitor deficiency, and angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor–associated angioedema (2013)
Atopic dermatitis: a practice parameter update (2013)


Stinging Insect Allergy
Stinging insect hypersensitivity - A practice parameter update (2016)
Stinging insect hypersensitivity (2011)


Vaccines
Adverse reactions to vaccines (2012)
Administering influenza vaccine to egg allergic recipients (2010)


Additional Evidence-Based Guidelines and Resources

Addendum guidelines for the prevention of peanut allergy in the United States: Report of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases–sponsored expert panel (January 2017)

Indoor Environmental Control Practices and Asthma Management (October 2016)

Consensus Communication on Early Peanut Introduction and the Prevention of Peanut Allergy in High-Risk Infants (June 2015)

Quality Measures and Their Importance to Allergy/Immunology - The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice (Janaury 2015)
Update on influenza vaccination of egg allergic patients
Kelso JM, Greenhawt MJ, Li JT. Update on influenza vaccination of egg allergic patients. Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology 2013; 111:301-2.
Summary of the New Food Allergy Guidelines for Primary Care Physicians (January 2012)
Summary of the New Food Allergy Guidelines for Pediatricians (September 2011)
Guidelines for the diagnosis and management of food allergy in the United States: Report of the NIAID-sponsored expert panel (2010)
Management of food allergy in the school setting (AAP clinical report, 2010)
Expert panel report 3 (EPR-3): Guidelines for the diagnosis and management of asthma (2007)
National Guidelines Clearinghouse

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