Evidence Based Practice Clinical Guideline Review
PEP Topic: Anorexia
Author(s): Deborah M. Thorpe, PhD, APRN AOCNS ACHPN; Susanne B. Conley, MSN RN CPON® AOCNS; Lorraine Drapek, RN AOCNP FNP-BC; Jeanne Held-Warmkessel, MSN RN AOCN® ACNS-BC; Margaret J. Ramsdell, RN MN OCN®; Barbara Rogers, CRNP MN AOCN; and Brenda Wolles, BSN RN OCN®.
Date of publication: February 2017| Date of Review: Fall 2018
Method of Review: The Evidence Based Practice Guideline Review Subcommittee conducted a review of the updated guideline using the Rapid Appraisal Checklist for Guidelines by Melnyk.1 Because this guideline was developed using a strict protocol by the Oncology Nursing Society, the subcommittee determined that an additional review using the AGREE criteria was not necessary.
Review Summary: The guideline is based on the original adult-oriented guideline; however, pediatric studies are based exclusively on studies with subjects that were 18 years of age or younger. The support for cancer related anorexia includes drug-based management. The guideline includes some medications considered safe for the pediatric population, with dosing adjustments.
Recommendation for use: Recommended for use in pediatric oncology.
1Melnyk, B.M. & Fineout-Overholt, E. (2011). Appendix D: Rapid Critical Appraisal Checklist for Evidence Based Clinical Practice Guidelines. In Evidence-Based practice in nursing & healthcare. (2nded.). (p. 518). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.