The following new or revised clinical practice guidelines were recently posted on the Guidelines & Protocols Advisory Committee (GPAC) web site at www.BCGuidelines.ca. Some of the guidelines are also available in PDA format at www.clinipearls.ca/BCGuidelines.
• Osteoarthritis in Peripheral Joints—Diagnosis and Treatment
• Infectious Diarrhea—Guideline for Ordering Stool Specimens Revised guidelines
• Acute Chest Pain—Evaluation and Triage
• Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)—Clinical Approach in Adults
• Ankle Injury—X-ray for Acute Injury of the Ankle or Mid-Foot
Coming in the spring and summer of 2009
• Stroke and TIA—Management and Prevention
• Febrile Seizures
• Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT)
• Anxiety and Depression in Children and Youth
• Palliative Care Approach to the Patient with Incurable Cancer
• Urinalysis and the Investigation of Urinary Tract Infections
• Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
• Dyspepsia With or Without H. pylori Infection
• Microscopic Hematuria
• Otitis Media—Acute Otitis Media (AOM) and Otitis Media with Effusion (OME)
CME hours are awarded to physicians for reviewing the guidelines; for details, see www.BCGuidelines.ca. For those who received the guidelines on USB drives, they can be automatically updated online. See instructions on the above-mentioned web site. GPAC is a joint committee of the BC Medical Association and the Ministry of Health Services.
Above is the information needed to cite this article in your paper or presentation. The International Committee
of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommends the following citation style, which is the now nearly universally
accepted citation style for scientific papers:
Halpern SD, Ubel PA, Caplan AL, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK, et al. Solid-organ transplantation in HIV-infected patients. N Engl J Med. 2002;347:284-7.
About the ICMJE and citation styles
The ICMJE is small group of editors of general medical journals who first met informally in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1978 to establish guidelines for the format of manuscripts submitted to their journals. The group became known as the Vancouver Group. Its requirements for manuscripts, including formats for bibliographic references developed by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), were first published in 1979. The Vancouver Group expanded and evolved into the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), which meets annually. The ICMJE created the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals to help authors and editors create and distribute accurate, clear, easily accessible reports of biomedical studies.
An alternate version of ICMJE style is to additionally list the month an issue number, but since most journals use continuous pagination, the shorter form provides sufficient information to locate the reference. The NLM now lists all authors.
BCMJ standard citation style is a slight modification of the ICMJE/NLM style, as follows:
- Only the first three authors are listed, followed by "et al."
- There is no period after the journal name.
- Page numbers are not abbreviated.
For more information on the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, visit www.icmje.org