Draft of new IDSA Lyme guidelines available for public comment
The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) has released a draft of its new Lyme disease treatment guidelines. You can access a copy of the document on the IDSA website and provide public comment between now and August 10.
The website states, “We are looking for feedback from not only physicians and healthcare professionals, but also individuals affected by Lyme disease, such as patients, care givers, patient organization members, advocates, and researchers. The drafts and comment form will be available for 45 days.”
To view the draft guidelines, supplementary materials, and submit comments, please see below.
2019 Draft Guidelines for the Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment of Lyme Disease
2019 Draft Supplement Materials for the Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment of Lyme Disease
Deadline for Public Comments: August 10, 2019, 5PM ET
The 2006 IDSA Lyme guidelines were a serious point of contention between the Lyme community and the medical establishment. Based on the guidelines, patients were often denied any Lyme treatment beyond a short course of antibiotics. And doctors who did not strictly adhere to the guidelines often found themselves facing disciplinary action from their state medical boards.
The draft document is 100 pages long, with about 200 pages of supplemental material. LymeDisease.org is currently analyzing this and will share our reactions to it in the future.
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