Clinical Guidelines

Clinical Guidelines are systematically developed, evidence-based/evidence-informed statements and recommendations that assist and guide practitioner and patient decisions about appropriate nutrition care for specific clinical circumstances, including but not limited to the role of specific diagnostic and treatment modalities in the management of patients. Clinical Guidelines are developed by multidisciplinary panels of experts based on evidence from a rigorous systematic review and evaluation of the published medical literature. Clinical Guidelines may include, but are not limited to, the following categories: screening, evaluation, assessment of therapeutic effectiveness, management, rehabilitation, risk assessment, technology assessment, or treatment relating either to a specific disease or condition or to a therapy. The Clinical Guidelines are updated in order to ensure up-to-date information for members and the healthcare community. ASPEN uses the GRADE system of guideline development and clearly delineates this methodology in each guideline.  

Guidelines Under Development or Update:
  • Nutrition Support in Head and Neck Cancer
  • Nutrition Support in the Adult Critically Ill Patient
  • Parenteral Nutrition in Neonates
  • Nutrition Support in Pediatric Intestinal Failure
  • Nutrition Support in Pediatric Critically Ill Patient 

Current* Published Guidelines By Topic Area (Topics Presented Alphabetically)
*Current is defined as published within the last 5 years.

Body Composition Central Venous Access Devices Critical Care
Adult Pediatric Enterocutaneous Fistula Neonatal/Pediatric


Additional Published Guidelines By Topic Area (Topics Presented Alphabetically)
The ASPEN Clinical Guidelines listed below are greater than 5 years old and may not represent the most up to date literature and recommendations. Some of these documents may currently be undergoing updates.

Critical Care
Pediatric Enteral Nutrition Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Human Immunodeficiency Virus Hyperglycemia
Adult Pediatric Neonatal/Pediatric Nutrition Screening Obesity
Adult Pediatric Oncology Parenteral Nutrition Renal Disease


Other Guideline Associated PublicationsSubmit Topics for ASPEN Guideline Development
The ASPEN Guidelines Program welcomes your submission of topics for consideration for guideline development. Topics will be evaluated by the Director of the ASPEN Guidelines Program. While it is not guaranteed that your suggestion will become a priority for guideline development, we welcome and appreciate your suggestions for consideration. ASPEN is not able to personally communicate updates around decisions made regarding these submissions. You can submit your suggestions using this online form.


Submit New Evidence for Consideration
For currently published guidelines, we welcome your submission of new evidence that you wish to be considered by the ASPEN Guidelines Program. All evidence will be reviewed internally by ASPEN and by members of the guideline clinical panel. Submissions are evaluated carefully and may be considered as a prompt for a guideline update. While it is not guaranteed that all suggestions will become a priority, all submissions are greatly appreciated. ASPEN is not able to personally communicate updates around decisions made regarding these submissions. You can submit your suggestions using this online form.