Patient Care and Research

Guidelines and Consensus Documents

Clinical practice guidelines and consensus documents are evidence-based or consensus-based documents developed to assist health care professionals and patients with decision making related to screening, prevention and/or treatment of a specific health condition, and to promote high quality and appropriate care. They are developed from the body of established literature complemented by expert opinion.

Documents are prepared based on information available at the time the panel conducts its literature review and discussions on the topic. There may be new developments that are not reflected in the current versions and may, over time, be revisited and updated. ASTRO provides guidance in four forms: Clinical Practice Guidelines, Consensus Guidance and White Papers, and Model Policies, depending on the topic and evidence available. 

Clinical Practice Guidelines See ASTRO's library of published clinical practice guidelines (and guideline collaborations/endorsements).
Consensus Documents In consensus documents a panel of experts specializing in a topic evaluate the available evidence and provide recommendations. ASTRO safety white papers focus on a specific technology or process step.
Guideline Development Process Learn about ASTRO's clinical practice guideline development process from concept to publication.
Collaborative Guideline Process ASTRO welcomes opportunities to collaborate with other societies, when possible, to provide multidisciplinary guidance on topics of mutual interest. Learn about the process.
Conflict of Interest Statement ASTRO's COI policy works to identify and manage relationships between individuals and companies that could reasonably be affected by the content of documents.