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Management of Acute Complicated Diverticulitis

Describe your topic.
Management of Acute Complicated Diverticulitis. Please see the attached document for KQs and PICOs (PDF, 86 KB).
Describe why this topic is important.
Diverticular disease is common, with the prevalence increasing with age. A systematic evidence review on the management in complicated diverticulitis can help to standardize and optimize care for patients with the condition.
Tell us why you are suggesting this topic.
We would like to develop a guideline on this topic.
Target Date.
Describe what you are doing currently and what you are hoping will change because of a new evidence report.
With the increasing use of oral antibiotics with high bioavailability, parenteral antibiotics given as outpatients, and the advances in interventional radiology, this review can help guide clinicians on the most effective, safe site of treatment (inpatient vs. outpatient). In addition, those with complicated acute diverticulitis have variations in care ranging from surgical intervention to IR drainage to medical therapy only. This review can help standardize the care on criteria for outpatient versus inpatient treatment of diverticulitis, criteria for imaging (e.g., CT, colonoscopy) for diagnosis or management of diverticulitis, the optimal choice and duration of antibiotic treatment for diverticulitis criteria for initial interventional radiology vs surgical management in complicated diverticulitis.
How will you or your group use the information from a new evidence report?
We would use it to develop a guideline.
How would you or your group plan to disseminate information from the report? Who would you plan to disseminate it to?
We would work with the authors of the evidence report to publish a summary evidence report alongside of our guideline in a peer-reviewed journal. The guideline would also be disseminated via our guidelines app, presentation at our annual internal medicine meeting, and inclusion in guideline databases.
Do you know of organizations that could use an evidence report to change clinical practice? Are you a part of, or have you been in contact with, any organizations that might implement the research findings of an evidence report?
American Academy of Family Physicians frequently endorses our guidelines, and we occasionally partner on developing joint guidelines with them.
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Professional Society (American College of Physicians)
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American College of Physicians
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Page last reviewed June 2018
Page originally created March 2018

Internet Citation: Management of Acute Complicated Diverticulitis. Content last reviewed June 2018. Effective Health Care Program, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.

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