The importance of evidence-based supportive care practice guidelines in childhood cancer-a plea for their development and implementation

E A H Loeffen, L C M Kremer, R L Mulder, A Font-Gonzalez, L L Dupuis, L Sung, P D Robinson, M D van de Wetering, W J E Tissing

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Abstract

As cure rates in pediatric oncology have improved substantially over the last decades, supportive care has become increasingly important to reduce morbidity and mortality and improve quality of life in children with cancer. Currently, large variations exist in pediatric oncology supportive care practice, which might negatively influence care. This plea underlines the importance of development and implementation of trustworthy supportive care clinical practice guidelines, which we believe is the essential next step towards better supportive care practice, and thus a higher quality of care. To facilitate international development and endorsement, the International Pediatric Oncology Guidelines in Supportive Care Network has been established.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1121-1125
Number of pages5
JournalSupportive Care in Cancer
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Child
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Humans
  • Medical Oncology/standards
  • Neoplasms/therapy
  • Palliative Care/methods
  • Pediatrics/standards
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Quality of Life

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