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Clinical practice guidelines serve as a guide for doctors and outline appropriate methods of treatment and care. Guidelines can address specific clinical situations (disease-oriented) or use of approved medical products, procedures, or tests (modality-oriented). Using the best available evidence, ASCO expert panels identify and develop practice recommendations for specific areas of cancer care that would benefit from the availability of practice guidelines. Topics for guidelines are selected on the basis of significant clinical or economic importance; presence of variations in patterns of, or access to, care; availability of suitable data; and ethical considerations.
To raise awareness of its evidence-based recommendations on cancer care, ASCO has created the Practice Guidelines Implementation Network (PGIN) network of representative members of oncology practice teams including oncologists, oncology nurses (members of ONS), hematology/oncology pharmacists (members of HOPA), and oncology practice managers. The network members accomplish this through participation in development and dissemination of ASCO Clinical Practice Guidelines and associated Clinical Tools and Resources, with the goal of assisting practices to increase the quality of oncology care, including facilitating shared decision-making with people with cancer and their caregivers.
Guidelines containing this symbol indicate an associated QOPI® Measure.