Implementation of theEnteralNutrition Practice Recommendations

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Abstract

In developing the evidence-based Enteral Nutrition Practice Recommendations, the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) formed a task force to address the many aspects of safety in the delivery and provision of enteral nutrition support. This recently published document provides healthcare professionals with recommendations that are derived from evidence-based practice. The development and use of clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) is a recent, significant contribution for the dissemination of evidence-based medicine. This involves the review of scientific literature along with clinical skill and knowledge to generate specific recommendations assisting healthcare providers and patients with decisions regarding appropriate healthcare. A primary opportunity to improve patient outcomes will come from the effective delivery of existing therapies rather than from the new development of treatment modalities. Compliance with CPGs is challenging because it depends on a variety of factors. Both general and specific strategies have been devised with the expansion of the new discipline of implementation science. The high degree of evidence now available in medicine gives clinicians more opportunity to improve patient outcomes and quality of care. It remains for clinicians to evaluate their institutional mission and goals, and to investigate those CPGs appropriate to improve patient care in that setting. (Nutr Clin Pract. 2009; 24:335–343)

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