The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) is dedicated to ensuring high-quality patient care by advancing the science, prevention, and management of disorders and diseases of the colon, rectum, and anus.
The Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee is composed of society members who are chosen because they have demonstrated expertise in the specialty of colon and rectal surgery.
Dr Daniel Herzig and colleagues created this committee to lead international efforts in defining quality care for conditions related to the colon, rectum, and anus, in addition to the development of Clinical Practice Guidelines based on the best available evidence.
These guidelines are inclusive and not prescriptive.
The team provided information on which decisions can be made, rather than to dictate a specific form of treatment.
The team reported that these guidelines are intended for the use of all practitioners, health care workers, and patients who desire information about the management of the conditions addressed by the topics covered in these guidelines.
Dr Herzig's team concludes, "It should be recognized that these guidelines should not be deemed inclusive of all proper methods of care or exclusive of methods of care reasonably directed to obtaining the same results."
"The ultimate judgment regarding the propriety of any specific procedure must be made by the physician in light of all the circumstances presented by the individual patient."