New guidelines to improve the quality of patient care published in the Journal of Urology
The American Urological Association (AUA) introduces new clinical guidelines for the treatment of Overactive Bladder, Urodynamics, Hematuria, and Vasectomy. The guidelines, which were developed using a rigorous 9-step process to synthesize and summarize the literature to determine the level and quality of evidence for a certain practice, are published in a supplement to the December issue of The Journal of Urology-. This supplement is freely and openly accessible at www.jurology.com.
"These guidelines are a great resource not only to AUA members, but also to physicians and patients worldwide," says J. Stuart Wolf, Jr., MD, Chair, AUA Practice Guidelines Committee. "Some variation in treatment is appropriate for any number of reasons, but much of the variation in patient care is undesirable and reduces the quality of health care. The guidelines, if read carefully and applied to practice, will improve the quality of patient care."
The new guideline on the diagnosis and treatment of overactive bladder is based on a systematic review commissioned by the Agency on Healthcare Research and Quality. It was produced by an 11-member collaborative multidisciplinary panel convened by the AUA and the Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine & Urogenital Reconstruction. The collaboration also produced the guideline on adult urodynamics. This guideline elucidates the principles of selection and performance of urodynamic tests, based on the evidence in 393 published articles.