Used throughout the world, the multidisciplinary guidelines created by CHEST help translate quality evidence into applicable recommendations that enrich patient care and improve health outcomes. They utilize clinician expertise to influence and standardize clinical decision-making.
Visit the Guidelines Pod at Experience CHEST, Booth 2026, to learn how clinicians at every career level can support the practice of medicine globally, make a difference in improving patient care, and enhance their own clinical expertise by contributing to a CHEST guideline. Members of our guideline team will be on-site to answer your questions and direct you to additional resources about guideline development.
The how and why of guidelines
The latest CHEST guidelines, published in the journal CHEST®, are:
- Perioperative Management of Antithrombotic Therapy
An update to the 2012 Perioperative Management of Antithrombotic Therapy guideline, the 2022 guideline contains 44 evidence-based recommendations using established methodology to be more comprehensive, including recommendations on the perioperative management of patients who are undergoing minor procedures, comprising dental, dermatological, ophthalmological, pacemaker/internal cardiac defibrillator implantation, and gastrointestinal (endoscopic) procedures.
- Thromboprophylaxis in Patients With COVID-19
A brief update to the 2020 CHEST Guideline and Expert Panel Report, Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment of VTE in Patients With Coronavirus Disease 2019, this 2022 guideline contains four update recommendations for clinical management of thromboprophylaxis in patients with COVID-19.
- Screening for Lung Cancer
The 2021 guideline contains 16 evidence-based recommendations and an update of the evidence base for the benefits, harms, and implementation of low-dose chest CT screening.
- Diagnosis and Evaluation of Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis
The 2021 guideline contains 14 evidence-based recommendations to improve individual diagnostic decision-making and to decrease diagnostic practice variability.
To develop new and updated guidelines, CHEST relies on the input and commitment of members, volunteers, leaders, and staff to define and pursue opportunities to create high-quality, relevant topics. When deciding which guideline will be created or updated next, all CHEST members are invited to submit preliminary topic proposals.
The Guidelines Oversight Committee then determines which submissions will be invited to submit a full guideline proposal, including more in-depth information and recommendations for guideline panel members representing the diverse backgrounds and experiences of key stakeholders in the clinical topic area.
CHEST guidelines in 2023 and beyond
In an episode of Piece by Piece: Conversations With CHEST Leadership, Chair of the Guidelines Oversight Committee, Lisa Moores, MD, FCCP, shared, “We have several key portfolios that we want to make sure we maintain—the antithrombotic portfolio, the lung cancer screening guidelines, and others—but, beyond those, we wanted to diversify the portfolio to represent all of the areas that CHEST members are interested in to more closely parallel our curricular pillars and the pillars that the journal CHEST has, so we are branching out into ILD, airway disorders, critical care, sleep, and more for upcoming guidelines.”
Watch the whole interview between Dr. Moores and CHEST President, David Schulman, MD, MPH, FCCP, on the Piece by Piece web page of the CHEST website for more information. Then, learn more about the Guidelines Oversight Committee on the CHEST Committees page.
Start your guideline journey at CHEST 2022
To learn more about CHEST guidelines and the next open topic submission period in 2023, visit the Guidelines Pod at Experience CHEST in the Exhibit Hall, or visit the CHEST website.