Adaptation of Clinical Practice Guideline Recommendations in Hospitals for People Living With Dementia and Their Caregivers

Mack, Sandra; Hahn, Sabine; Palli, Christoph; Findling, Thomas; Lohrmann, Christa (2019). Adaptation of Clinical Practice Guideline Recommendations in Hospitals for People Living With Dementia and Their Caregivers Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing, 16(1), pp. 36-42. Wiley-Blackwell - STM 10.1111/wvn.12334

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Background Dementia is common in older people in general hospitals. To improve the quality of their care, the use of nonpharmacological interventions based on the best evidence from clinical guidelines is recommended. Many international clinical guidelines exist, but their recommendations are often not used because they do not fit the local setting or the country. Aim The aim of this study was to adapt the international clinical guidelines and their recommendations to the Austrian context regarding nonpharmacological interventions for people with dementia living in the general hospital setting. Methods The ADAPTE process was chosen as a method for the adaptation. A search for international clinical guidelines was conducted in seven databases within this process. The guidelines which met the inclusion and quality criteria were assessed with the AGREE II instrument by two independent reviewers. The recommendations of the guidelines were extracted. Those that did not fit the Austrian context were excluded, and recommendations with similar statements were summarized. The selected and modified recommendations were translated into German. Results Out of 206 guidelines, three met the inclusion criteria and two, the quality criteria. One hundred and fifty‐two recommendations were extracted from these two guidelines, 42 of which were suitable for the Austrian setting and 20 of which had similar statements and could be summarized. Finally, 32 recommendations were identified that were applicable to the general hospital setting in Austria. Linking Evidence to Action The adaptation of clinical guidelines with the ADAPTE process generated seven topics with 32 recommendations. Many international guidelines exist, but they cannot be applied verbatim in every country due to the fact that some recommendations are not applicable with respect to the national and local context. Creating an adaption of international guidelines is an effective way to provide and link evidence from research to national nursing practice.

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School of Health Professions


Mack, Sandra;
Hahn, Sabine0000-0002-2697-2014;
Palli, Christoph;
Findling, Thomas and
Lohrmann, Christa




Wiley-Blackwell - STM




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04 Nov 2019 15:12

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18 Dec 2020 13:28

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