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American Thoracic Society (ATS) Official Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) make recommendations for patient care that are informed by systematic reviews or pragmatic evidence syntheses and then formulated and graded using the Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) approach. The guidelines are compliant with the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine) Standards for Trustworthy Guidelines.

All CPGs are developed in collaboration with ATS committees or assemblies; many are also developed with other professional medical societies.  CPGs by the ATS are published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (AJRCCM) as an online full-length manuscript and a print executive summary. An online supplement typically accompanies the online manuscript. In addition, a clinical summary targeting clinicians is published in the Annals of ATS. CPGs co-sponsored by other professional medical societies may be published in those societies’ journals.

Guideline Implementation derivatives routinely produced by the ATS include:

  • Clinical summary
  • Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Questions
  • Scientific symposium
  • Guideline Repository Summary and Scorecard
  • Press release/newsletter
  • Patient and family education material
  • Pocket card
  • Podcast
  • Twitter chat/moment
  • Video for clinicians
  • Performance Measures/Quality indicator
  • Webinar
  • Digital App/Electronic platform
  • Slide set
  • ‘Other Products’ such as earlier guidelines, editorials, related policy and research statements, workshop/conference reports and technical statements and standards

The CPGs and co-sponsors are listed by title and year published and are available via the following links:

For any questions, please contact Joseph Ruminjo, MD at

Last Reviewed: May 2019