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Clinical Practice Guidelines

These multidisciplinary clinical practice guidelines were developed by the AAO-HNSF. As defined by the Institute of Medicine, Clinical Practice Guidelines are “statements that include recommendations intended to optimize patient care that are informed by a systematic review of evidence and an assessment of the benefits and harms of alternative care options.” Guidelines are one way of increasing implementation of evidence into practice. They can serve as a guide to best practices, a framework for clinical decision making, and a benchmark for evaluating performance.

Published Clinical Practice Guidelines

In Development/Development Queue

Currently in Development:

  • Update to Clinical Practice Guideline: Otitis Media with Effusion
  • Update to Clinical Practice Guideline: Cerumen Impaction
  • Update to Clinical Practice Guideline: Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
  • Clinical Consensus Statement: Septoplasty with or without Turbinoplasty

Development Queue:

  • Update to Clinical Practice Guideline: Hoarseness (Dysphonia)
  • Clinical Practice Guideline: Rhinoplasty
  • Clinical Practice Guideline: Evaluation of the Neck Mass in Adults
  • Clinical Practice Guideline: The Surgical Management of Rhinosinusitis (Single Specialty)

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Guideline Task Force (GTF)

GTF Mission

The mission of the GTF is to provide oversight to:

  • clinical guideline and consensus statement development process;
  • clinical practice guideline and consensus statement dissemination; and
  • clinical practice guideline implementation.

The GTF also provides a forum for education on topics related to guidelines, development standards (i.e. IOM) and dissemination techniques.

A primary function of the GTF is to rank, prioritize, and vet topics submitted for development into either clinical practice guidelines or clinical consensus statements.

Guideline Resources (.pdf files)

Guideline Topic Submission

The GTF is currently accepting submission of topics for future guideline development. Please complete the topic submission form and submit your completed proposal to

GTF Topic Submission Form

Partnerships and Collaborators

The American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) is proud to have joined with 16 other specialty groups—each of which released a list of "Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question" on February 21, 2013. Learn more.


AHRQ National Guideline Clearinghouse: A public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. NGC is an initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).


Guidelines International Network: The Guidelines International Network (G-I-N) is an international not-for-profit association of organizations and individuals involved in clinical practice guidelines. G-I-N seeks to improve the quality of health care by promoting systematic development of clinical practice guidelines and their application into practice, through supporting international collaboration. G-I-N's Guideline Library contains regularly-updated information about guidelines of the G-I-N membership.

The Cochrane Collaboration: An international network of more than 28,000 dedicated people from over 100 countries. We work together to help healthcare providers, policy-makers, patients, their advocates and carers, make well-informed decisions about health care, by preparing, updating, and promoting the accessibility of Cochrane Reviews - over 5,000 so far, published online in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, part of The Cochrane Library. We also prepare the largest collection of records of randomised controlled trials in the world, called CENTRAL, published as part of The Cochrane Library.

Research Gaps

These research gaps identified are not a comprehensive list of all research areas that AAO-HNSF is currently supporting or plans to support in the future. The AAO-HNSF is committed to supporting new, innovative hypothesis-driven, meritorious research which can lead to improving the overall health and quality of life for people treated by Otolaryngologists. Click the subspecialty to view research gaps.

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