American Psychiatric Association Practice Guidelines

American Psychiatric Association (APA) practice guidelines provide evidence-based recommendations for the assessment and treatment of psychiatric disorders.

APA Steering Committee on Practice Guidelines | Statement of Intent | Copyright, Citation, and Disclaimer | Introduction

APA Guideline Development Process - APA began developing practice guidelines in 1991. Practice guidelines are defined as systematically developed documents in a standardized format that present patient care strategies to assist psychiatrists in clinical decision making. [Read More]

APA guidelines describe treatment of adult patents. For the treatment of children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders, practice parameters are available from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

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Guidelines: Evidence in Practice

CME courses on the APA Education Online Website target clinical application of guideline recomendations. Earn between 5 and 8 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ per course.

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