Infectious Disease Society of America

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The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) represents physicians, scientists and other health care professionals who specialize in infectious diseases. Its purpose is "to improve the health of individuals, communities, and society by promoting excellence in patient care, education, research, public health, and prevention relating to infectious diseases."

Practice guidelines

One function of the IDSA is publishing clinical practice guidelines relevant to infectious diseases. The IDSA guidelines are online at The IDSA does not describe their methodology. Their clinical practice guideline about skin and soft-tissue infections is an example.[1] The synopsis of this guideline by the National Guideline Clearinghouse suggests that this guideline is not based on a systematic review of relevant medical evidence.[2]


IDSA publishes several electronic mail newsletters, under the general title ProMED, which give breaking reports on emerging diseases and significant outbreaks of known pathogens. It has informally been called the "CNN of epidemiology".


  1. Stevens DL, Bisno AL, Chambers HF, et al (November 2005). "Practice guidelines for the diagnosis and management of skin and soft-tissue infections". Clin. Infect. Dis. 41 (10): 1373–406. DOI:10.1086/497143. PMID 16231249. Research Blogging.
  2. Anonymous (2005). Practice guidelines for the diagnosis and management of skin and soft-tissue infections.. National Guidelines Clearinghouse.

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