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Evidence Based Practice Clinical Guideline Review

Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, Third Edition

Author(s): National Consensus Project

Date of publication: 2013

Citation: National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care. Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care. 3rd ed. Pittsburgh, PA: National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care; 2013.

Date of Review: December 17, 2013

Method of Review: The Evidence Based Practice and Research Committee of the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses conducted individual reviews of the clinical guideline using the AGREE criteria1. The committee then completed a group review and discussion, followed by voting to arrive at a consensus recommendation.

Review Summary: We recommend this guideline for use by APHON membership. Although somewhat lacking on the details of the methods used for appraising the evidence and how to implement the guidelines, we find them to be quite reflective of the practice of pediatric palliative care and very useful to any program, whether a new or established palliative care program. In addition these guidelines can be used to develop standards of assessment for settings that lack formal palliative care programs. The document does not explicitly guide implementation but is rather to be a resource for standardization of palliative care practice. The authors do state the need for a well-honed intradisciplinary team and the need for care to address physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual and cultural domains of care.

Recommendation for use: Recommended for endorsement

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1The AGREE Collaboration. Writing Group: Cluzeau FA, Burgers JS, Brouwers M, Grol R, Mäkelä M, Littlejohns P, Grimshaw J, Hunt C. Development and validation of an international appraisal instrument for assessing the quality of clinical practice guidelines: the AGREE project. Quality and Safety in Health Care 2003; 12(1): 18‐23. www. agreecollaboration.org