Development of an evidence-based clinical practice guideline on linear growth measurement of children
NLM Title Abbreviation
J Pediatr Nurs
Journal of pediatric nursing
DOI of Published Version
Growth is an important indicator of child health; however, measurements are frequently inaccurate and unreliable. This article reviews the literature on linear growth measurement error and describes methods used to develop and evaluate an evidence-based clinical practice guideline on the measurement of recumbent length and stature of infants, children, and adolescents. Systematic methods were used to identify evidence to answer clinical questions about growth measurement. A multidisciplinary team critically appraised and synthesized the evidence to develop clinical practice recommendations using an evidence-based practice rating scheme. The guideline was prospectively evaluated through internal and external reviews and a pilot study to ensure its validity and reliability. Adoption of the clinical practice guideline can improve the accuracy and reliability of growth measurement data.
Adolescent, Child, Child Development, Evidence-Based Nursing, Growth/physiology, Humans, Infant, Practice Guidelines as Topic
Published Article/Book Citation
Journal of pediatric nursing, 26:4 (2011) pp.312-324. DOI:10.1016/j.pedn.2010.09.002.
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