Guidelines Program

As a leader in education and innovation, the CNS continues to advance the practice of neurosurgery through the development of high-quality, evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. With an advanced in-house infrastructure that includes robust methodological processes, the Guidelines Department supports volunteers with all aspects of the development process, from topic refinement and development of clinical questions to publication and dissemination.

2016 Program Highlights

With significant advances being made in neurosurgical research, there is an increasing amount of literature from which high-quality clinical practice guidelines are developed. The CNS has risen to meet the challenge in the following ways:

Dissemination and Implementation Initiatives

In addition to producing high-quality clinical practice guidelines, the CNS is committed to the dissemination and implementation of these important guidelines by:

  • Partnering with other organizations, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics (which recently published its Statement of Endorsement in the November 2016 issue of Pediatrics), to promote guidelines on relevant topics
  • Developing cutting-edge educational material (for continuing medical education) based on its high-quality guidelines
  • Educational update sessions, such as the recent popular guidelines sessions held at the 2016 Annual Meeting: Guidelines for the Management of Thoracolumbar Fractures and Guidelines for the Management of Brain Metastases

A CNS Member Benefit

CNS’s evidence-based guidelines are consistently cited as one of the top CNS Member benefits, and are recognized for their tremendous value to neurosurgical providers. In a letter published in the September 2016 issue of Neurosurgery, a survey of CNS members was conducted on the Guidelines for the Management of Acute Cervical Spine and Spinal Cord Injuries. Seventy-two percent of respondents (varying by demographics such as age, practice setting and practice location) were aware of these guidelines. Furthermore, data in a recently published study by Brooks et al., suggests that CNS guidelines positively impact physician practice and lead to a decrease in use of methylprednisolone for acute spinal cord injury.

“As a practicing academic neurosurgeon, participating in and leading a guidelines task force has been a tremendous opportunity to comprehensively dissect and analyze the literature. Understanding the existing literature in depth has been directly applicable to my neurosurgery practice as a clinician, and has also enabled me to identify deficiencies in the literature that I can strive to address as an academic neurosurgeon."


— Dr. Manish Aghi, chair of the Nonfunctioning Pituitary Adenoma Guideline Taskforce

“As a practicing academic neurosurgeon, participating in and leading a guidelines task force has been a tremendous opportunity to comprehensively dissect and analyze the literature. Understanding the existing literature in depth has been directly applicable to my neurosurgery practice as a clinician, and has also enabled me to identify deficiencies in the literature that I can strive to address as an academic neurosurgeon.”