Clinical Practice, Credentialing & Reporting Guidelines

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Workforce on Evidence Based Surgery has developed evidence-based guidelines to provide practical assistance to the STS membership. Thorough research of each guideline topic is completed through an exhaustive review of clinical information. The conclusions and recommendations are based on an exhaustive review of scientific evidence published in the medical literature. Download Endnote library here.

STS Clinical Practice Guidelines are intended to assist physicians and other health care providers in clinical decision-making by describing a range of generally acceptable approaches for the diagnosis, management, or prevention of specific diseases or conditions. These guidelines should not be considered inclusive of all proper methods of care or exclusive of other methods of care reasonably directed at obtaining the same results. Moreover, these guidelines are subject to change over time, without notice. The ultimate judgment regarding the care of a particular patient must be made by the physician in light of the individual circumstances presented by the patient.
An iPhone/iPad app is now available to access STS clinical practice guidelines on the go. Access the app by searching for “STS Clinical Practice Guidelines App”  in the Apple App Store or click the button below from your mobile device now.

STS Guideline Policies

Clinical Guidelines Publication Policy
Organizational Relationships Policy
Guideline Development Process
AATS/STS Position Statement on Developing Clinical Practice Documents

Form to Submit a Proposed Guideline Topic

STS Clinical Practice Guidelines may be printed or downloaded for individual and personal use only. Guidelines may not be reproduced in any print or electronic publication or offered for sale or distribution in any format without the express written permission of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons.