NCCN roundtable: What are the characteristics of an optimal clinical practice guideline?

David S. Ettinger, Michael Kuettel, Jennifer Malin, Joan S. McClure, Mary Lou Smith, Andrew D. Zelenetz, F. Marc Stewart

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Abstract

Much has changed in the treatment of cancer since the first NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines) were rolled out for 8 different tumor types in November 1996. NCCN Guidelines now include involved algorithms often containing multiple treatment alternatives and detailed pathways of care that depend on more-specific patient characteristics and molecular tumor diagnostics. With 47 different individual NCCN panels, all members of the cancer care team are now better informed than ever to guide patients through the often complex decision-making required to improve the odds of successful outcomes. At the NCCN 20th Annual Conference, a distinguished panel assembled to take a closer look at these invaluable clinical practice guidelines, first glancing backward to how it all started and then forward to explore the key ingredients of trustworthy guidelines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)640-642
Number of pages3
JournalJNCCN Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network
Volume13
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology

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