Clinical Practice Guidelines

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To meet the unique needs of brain tumor patients, the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) and the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN) announce the availability of the first ever nursing clinical practice guidelines (CPG) for both the treatment of adults with brain tumors and the treatment of pediatric brain tumor patients.

 

Care of the Adult Patient

The ABTA and AANN partnered to produce these guidelines to fill a critical gap in brain tumor patient care. As leaders in their fields, both organizations spearheaded the project in order to ensure that health care professionals caring for brain tumor patients have the information necessary to deliver optimal patient care.

 

The goal of the clinical practice guidelines is to help nurses provide consistent and evidence-based care for brain tumor patients and their families from diagnosis throughout the trajectory of the illness. 

 

Specific topics include: epidemiology; anatomy and physiology; emergent care; diagnosis; such treatments as surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy; symptom management; and end of life care.

 

Click here to download full PDF of the guideline.


Care of the Pediatric Patient

While developing content for the adult guideline, it became clear that a dedicated piece for pediatric brain tumors was needed. An estimated 4,300 children will be diagnosed with a brain tumor this year, and the nursing care of a child with a brain tumor differs significantly from that on an adult because the disease presents and behaves differently.

 

The goal of the clinical practice guideline is to help nurses provide consistent and evidence-based care for pediatric brain tumor patients and their families from diagnosis throughout the trajectory of the illness.

 

Topics covered in the pediatric guideline include: epidemiology; anatomy and physiology; emergent care; diagnosis; such treatments as surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy; symptom management; and end of life care.

 

Click here to download the full PDF of the guideline.