Guidelines and Standards

Canadian Thoracic Society (CTS) guidelines are produced under the auspices of the CTS' Canadian Respiratory Guidelines Committee (CRGC), and made available through the CRGC Web site at

The CRGC is a committee that focuses on initiatives to more efficiently produce and update guidelines, ensuring that these efforts quickly translate into significant improvements in respiratory care, with the ultimate goal of optimizing management of respiratory disorders in Canada.

The Canadian Respiratory Guidelines website is currently under construction.

CTS Clinical Practice Guidelines, Standards and Position Statements

Recognition and management of severe asthma:  A Canadian Thoracic Society position statement (2017)
CTS postion statement:  Pharmacotherapy in patients with COPD - An update (2017)
Pediatric Home Ventilation: A Canadian Thoracic Society clinical practice guideline executive summary (2017)
Diagnosis and management of asthma in preschoolers (2015)
Canadian Tuberculosis Standards (2014)
Spirometry in primary care (2013)

Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency targeted testing and augmentation therapy (2012)
CTS Guideline Update: Diagnosis and management of asthma in preschoolers, children and adults (2012)
Managing dyspnea in patients with advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease  (2011) 
Home mechanical ventilation:  A Canadian Thoracic Society clinical practice guideline

Diagnosis and treatment of sleep disordered breathing  (2011) 

Optimizing pulmonary rehabilitation in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (2010) 
Highlights for Primary Care – Recommendations for Management of COPD (2008)

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