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Where to Find Clinical Guidelines for Your Chronic Care Clinic

Chronic disease is common among our patients. In fact, 38.5% of federal inmates, 42.8% of state inmates, and 38.7% of local jail inmates have at least one chronic condition. Our patients have more diabetes, hypertension, prior myocardial infarction, and persistent asthma than the general population. This means all of us are managing chronic care clinics. Although often considered a provider’s domain, nurses play a significant role in chronic care management through

•  Patient teaching
•  Medication administration
•  Symptom management
•  Lifestyle adjustment

Accreditation standards and best practices call for the use of national clinical practice guidelines in managing chronic conditions. Here is a quick-start list of resources for guidelines that work well in a correctional setting.

Generic Sources

•  Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
•  National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
•  National Institutes of Health AIDSinfo Web site
•  National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
•  American Diabetes Association


•  The American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

Corrections-Specific Sources

Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBOP) Clinical Practice Guidelines

National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) Guidelines for Disease Management


•  NCCHC Adult Asthma Guidelines
•  NCCHC Adolescent Asthma Guidelines
•  FBOP Adult Asthma Guidelines


•  NCCHC Adult Diabetes Management
•  NCCHC Adolescent Diabetes Management
•  FBOP Adult Diabetes Guidelines


•  NCCHC Adult Hypertension Guidelines
•  NCCHC Adolescent Hypertension Guidelines

HIV Infection Management

•  FBOP HIV Infection Management Guidelines

What sources do you have for clinical practice guidelines? Did I miss any? Share your links in the comments section of this post so we develop a full resource.

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This post originally appeared in CorrectionalNurse.Net

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Posted: 11/29/2016 12:00:00 AM
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