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Clinical practice guidelines

Clinical practice guidelines help health professionals, patients and funding organisations make informed decisions about health care. Guideline development is a systematic process that involves appraising evidence, consulting clinical experts and working with multidisciplinary advisory groups. ACC usually contracts the process out to external groups who specialise in guideline development.

See below for a list of clinical practice guidelines developed or commissioned by the ACC Research unit, listed A-Z by subject. Links to other ACC guidelines can be found on the clinical best practice and publications (clinical guidelines) pages.

If you have any questions about the guidelines please contact Research.

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Arm & hand disorders

Distal upper limb: guidelines for management of some common musculoskeletal disorders (2009).

The guidelines advise on the clinical management of a range of disorders affecting the forearm and hand, including carpal tunnel syndrome, epicondylitis and de Quervain’s disease:

Summary [ACC5123] (PDF 2.7M)

Concise [ACC5124] (PDF 7.3M)

Comprehensive (PDF 3.6M).

Printed copies of the summary version (with the concise version on CD inserted) can be ordered from the publications (clinical guidelines) page. The comprehensive version is only available as a PDF.

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Back pain

New Zealand acute low back pain guide, incorporating the guide to assessing psychosocial yellow flags in acute low back pain [ACC1038] [2004] (PDF 418K).

Please be aware that, due to the age of this guideline, some sections may have been superseded by more recent evidence.

Brain injury

Traumatic brain injury: diagnosis, acute management and rehabilitation – guideline summary [ACC2610] [2007] (PDF 1.2M).

Traumatic brain injury: diagnosis, acute management and rehabilitation [ACC2404] [2006] (PDF 2.5M).

Burns

Management of burns and scalds in primary care [ACC4046] [2007] (PDF 2.1M).

Management of burns and scalds in primary care: guideline summary [ACC4047] [2007] (PDF 928K).

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Dental restoration

ACC dental implant guidelines [ACC2458] [revised 2010] (PDF 159K).

Guidelines for restoration of fractured anterior teeth [ACC5466] [2010] (PDF 989K).

Distal upper limb disorders see Arm & hand disorders.

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Hearing Loss

ACC guidelines (2010) for diagnosing occupational noise-induced hearing loss are available from the hearing loss resources section.

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Interventional pain management (IPM)

Interventional pain management (IPM) guidance: ACC has developed web based clinical guidance on a wide range of interventions for managing persistent pain. The guidance was launched in 2005 and recommendations on selected interventions were updated in 2011, 2014 and 2015-2016. Further updates are in progress.

See:

Links to updated evidence based reviews and purchasing guidance on selected IPM interventions [2011 – 2016].

The full IPM guidance [2005].

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Knee injuries

Imaging guideline for the diagnosis of soft tissue knee injuries: internal derangements [ACC5468] – update to the clinical practice guideline [2010] (PDF 77K).

This update to the 2003 knee guideline (see below) focuses on the use of imaging in the diagnosis of knee injuries. Following a review of the 2003 guideline, ACC updated its recommendations to provide more detailed guidance on when imaging is appropriate and necessary.

The diagnosis and management of soft tissue knee injuries: internal derangements [ACC1331] [2003] (PDF 2.95M).

Please be aware that, due to the age of this guideline, some sections may have been superseded by more recent evidence.

The diagnosis and management of soft tissue knee injuries: internal derangements: key messages [ACC1332] [2003] (PDF 236K).

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Pain assessment

Persistent pain assessment instruments: a compendium (2008).

This is a handbook of instruments to assess persistent pain. The instruments cover the following areas: pain assessment; psychological instruments; functional assessment; and general health/quality of life. The CD version [ACC4606] can be ordered from the publications (pain management) page.

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Sexual abuse

Sexual abuse and mental injury: practice guidelines for Aotearoa New Zealand [ACC4451] [2008] (PDF 1.1M).

Shoulder injuries

Referral guideline for imaging in patients presenting with shoulder pain [ACC6289] [2011] (PDF 200K).

This update to the 2004 shoulder guideline (see below) focuses on the use of imaging in patients presenting with shoulder pain. Following a review of the 2004 guideline, ACC updated its recommendations to provide more detailed guidance on when imaging is appropriate and necessary.

The diagnosis and management of soft tissue shoulder injuries and related disorders [ACC1617] [2004] (PDF 1.8M).

Please be aware that, due to the age of this guideline, some sections may have been superseded by more recent evidence.

The diagnosis and management of soft tissue shoulder injuries and related disorders: key messages [ACC1616] [2004] (PDF 203K).

Spinal cord stimulation

Guidelines for neuromodulation treatment with spinal cord stimulators (SCS) for pain management – clinical guidelines [2012] (PDF 303K).

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Traumatic brain injury see Brain injury.

Updated: 23 May 2016

Reviewed: 3 March 2015