• Guidelines Program

    The CNS continues to advance the practice of neurosurgery globally by inspiring and facilitating scientific discovery and its translation to clinical practice through the development of clinical practice guidelines. The CNS demonstrates its commitment to the development of neurosurgical guidelines by supporting an in-house infrastructure, including robust methodological processes, to produce high-quality evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. The CNS Guidelines Department supports volunteers in all aspects of the development process, from topic refinement and development of clinical questions to publication and dissemination.

    2017 Program Highlights

    • Launch of the CNS guidelines mobile app at the CNS Annual Meeting in Boston
    • Nine guideline topics are currently in development
    • Recently published guidelines include Nonfunctioning Pituitary Adenoma and Positional Plagiocephaly
    • Topics to be published in 2018 include Vestibular Schwannoma, Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's Disease, Thoracolumbar Trauma, Brain Metastases, Spina Bifida, Spine Metastases, and Neurosurgical Ablation for Cancer Pain

    CNS Guidelines Mobile App

    This year, thanks in part to the financial support of the Section on Neurotrauma and Critical Care, the CNS proudly launched a new guidelines mobile app at the CNS Annual Meeting in Boston.

    This free app, available for download on Apple and Android devices, includes guideline recommendations and topic overviews for all CNS-produced guidelines in five specialty areas. Through the app, clinicians have immediate, at the point-of-care access to 11 guideline topics, with links to the full-text of the guideline, including:


    • Occipital Neuralgia Guideline


    • Pediatric Hydrocephalus Guideline
    • Positional Plagiocephaly

    Spine and Peripheral Nerves

    • Acute Cervical Spine and Spinal Cord Injuries
    • Cervical Degenerative Disease
    • Lumbar Fusion Guideline

    Stereotactic and Functional

    • Deep Brain Stimulation for OCD


    • Low Grade Glioma Guidelines
    • Newly Diagnosed Glioblastoma
    • Nonfunctioning Pituitary Adenoma
    • Progressive Glioblastoma

    New guidelines will be added to the app upon publication in Neurosurgery.

    Guidelines-based Educational Initiatives

    CNS's high-quality clinical practice guidelines continue to provide cutting-edge educational content. The 2017 CNS Annual Meeting featured Guidelines Sessions, which were heavily attended and included presentations on these recently published and upcoming guideline topics:

    • Nonfunctioning Pituitary Adenoma
    • Acoustic Neuroma
    • Lumbar Fusion
    • Brain Metastases
    • Thoracolumbar Spine Trauma

    The CNS Annual Meeting also featured a course on clinical practice guideline development, Clinical Guidelines Development: A Primer on the Development and Review of Evidence-based Clinical Guidelines. The course content was designed to provide novice and more experienced learners with the knowledge, skills, and tools to develop and to review evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. Key points of the guideline development process were covered, from the development of clinical questions to assessing evidence quality, and challenges in guideline development.

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