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A systematic review and quality appraisal of bereavement care practice guidelines


Kent, K and Jessup, J and Marsh, P and Barnett, T and Ball, M, A systematic review and quality appraisal of bereavement care practice guidelines, Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice ISSN 1365-2753 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/jep.13225


Bereavement care practice guidelines assist in delivering high‐quality bereavement care. However, the quality of published guidelines is unknown. A systematic review was conducted to identify and evaluate the quality of the process used to develop bereavement care practice guidelines using the Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation (AGREE II) instrument. A keyword search was conducted in MEDLINE‐Complete, CINAHL‐Complete, Health‐Source (Nursing/Academic Edition), Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection, and an internet search engine in October 2017. Sixteen guidelines with differing scope and purpose but similar core values were identified from the grey literature and then appraised at high quality (n = 1), moderate quality (n = 4), or low quality (n = 11). The domains "clarity of presentation" and "scope and purpose" achieved the highest scores (mean SD 71.0 27.6% and 64.4 37.5%, respectively), while "editorial independence" showed the lowest mean score (9.2 13.3%). While few of the bereavement care practice guidelines met the AGREE II quality standards related to their development process, neither the quality of the content of each guideline nor the in‐context application was assessed by the AGREE II instrument. Ongoing development of practice guidelines may benefit from consideration and application of the framework outlined in the AGREE II or similar appraisal instrument.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:agree II instrument, bereavement, bereavement care, clinical practice guidelines, evaluation, grief, systematic review
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Evaluation of health and support services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Kent, K (Dr Katherine Kent)
UTAS Author:Jessup, J (Dr Belinda Jessup)
UTAS Author:Marsh, P (Dr Pauline Marsh)
UTAS Author:Barnett, T (Associate Professor Tony Barnett)
ID Code:133937
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2019-07-16
Last Modified:2019-08-13
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