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First nursing guidelines for brain tumor patients released

Friday June 13, 2014
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The American Association of Neuroscience Nurses and the American Brain Tumor Association announced the availability of the first clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of adults with brain tumors in order to fill a critical gap in brain tumor patient care, according to a news release. “The Care of the Adult Patient with a Brain Tumor Clinical Practice Guideline” was released in May with an educational webinar to follow. The two organizations plan to release a clinical practice guideline for “The Care of the Pediatric Patient with a Brain Tumor” this summer.

Every day, 500 people across the U.S. are diagnosed of with a brain tumor, and 4,300 children will be diagnosed with a brain tumor this year, according to the release.

The ABTA and AANN spearheaded the project to ensure that healthcare professionals caring for brain tumor patients have the information necessary to provide consistent and evidence-based care for brain tumor patients and their families from diagnosis throughout the trajectory of the illness, according to the release. Topics in the guidelines include epidemiology; anatomy and physiology; emergent care; diagnosis; treatments including surgery, radiation and chemotherapy; symptom management; and end-of-life care.

“Through these guidelines, nurses in all practice settings have access to the knowledge and tools needed to guide their patients to the best possible outcomes,” ABTA Chief Mission Officer Deneen Hesser, RN, MSHSA, OCN, said in the release.

“The information contained in these new guidelines is based on a thorough review of recent studies and literature and includes for nurses especially, new and valuable information and instructions from what they were taught,” said Mary Lovely, RN, PhD, CNRN, the guidelines’ co-author and ABTA’s senior adviser.

Lovely added that the guidelines also provide “information on survivorship and how nurses can help patients better manage side effects in order to move toward an optimal quality of life.”

The guidelines are available at http://www.aann.org/pubs/content/guidelines.html and http://www.abta.org/for-healthcare-professionals/clinical-practice-guidelines.html


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