What is the use of guidelines if they are not being used?
van Zoonen, R.
van den Braak, A.
Aims Guidelines can be defined as documents with recommendations aimed at improving the quality of care and uniformity. They are based on systematic reviews of evidence and an assessment of the benefits and harms of various care options, complemented by expertise and experiences of professionals and clients. In the Netherlands, there are 35 Youth Health Care (YHC) guidelines. The aim of this study was to investigate the use of these guidelines by YHC-professionals. Materials and methods A digital questionnaire was used, containing questions about which guidelines were used and whether they were used as intended. Results The questionnaire was completed by 183 YHC-professionals. The guideline ‘Detection of visual disorders’ was most often used (85% of professionals). The least used guideline was ‘Supporting a family in the event of a child's death’ (18% of professionals). Use as intended varied from 94% (Low bodyweight) to 14% (ADHD). The barriers that were most often mentioned were not enough time, not enough knowledge and lack of perceived benefits of the guideline. Conclusion The use of the 35 guidelines for YHC-professionals varies and is subject to improvement. Further research is necessary to determine the best strategies to improve the use of the guidelines.
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Youth health care
Conventus Credo, Zagreb
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