Infectious Diseases Society of America Guidelines on the Treatment and Management of Patients with COVID-19

Adarsh Bhimraj, Rebecca L. Morgan, Amy Hirsch Shumaker, Valery Lavergne, Lindsey Baden, Vincent Chi Chung Cheng, Kathryn M. Edwards, Rajesh Gandhi, William J. Muller, John C. O'Horo, Shmuel Shoham, M. Hassan Murad, Reem A. Mustafa, Shahnaz Sultan, Yngve Falck-Ytter

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: There are many pharmacologic therapies that are being used or considered for treatment of COVID-19. There is a need for frequently updated practice guidelines on their use, based on critical evaluation of rapidly emerging literature. OBJECTIVE: Develop evidence-based rapid guidelines intended to support patients, clinicians and other health-care professionals in their decisions about treatment and management of patients with COVID-19. METHODS: IDSA formed a multidisciplinary guideline panel of infectious disease clinicians, pharmacists, and methodologists with varied areas of expertise. Process followed a rapid recommendation checklist. The panel prioritized questions and outcomes. Then a systematic review of the peer-reviewed and grey literature was conducted. The Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) approach was used to assess the certainty of evidence and make recommendations. RESULTS: The IDSA guideline panel agreed on 7 treatment recommendations and provided narrative summaries of other treatments undergoing evaluations. CONCLUSIONS: The panel expressed the overarching goal that patients be recruited into ongoing trials, which would provide much needed evidence on the efficacy and safety of various therapies for COVID-19, given that we could not make a determination whether the benefits outweigh harms for most treatments.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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