The impact of a clinical practice guideline on ...

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Title The impact of a clinical practice guideline on infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome
Author(s) Jodie Murphy-Oikonen, William J. Montelpare, Larry Bertoldo, Sarah Southon, Nancy Persichino
Journal British Journal of Midwifery
Date 2012
Volume 20
Issue 7
Start page 493
End page 501
Abstract Ontario's clinical practice guidelines for neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) provide evidence-informed recommendations that address the needs of substance using pregnant women and newborns at risk of NAS. NAS is a complex and multifaceted issue that is escalating along with rapidly rising opioid use in Ontario. Reducing the incidence and impact of NAS requires immediate action in order to improve the care of affected women and infants. This includes optimizing and standardizing treatment strategies, assessing and managing social risk, better monitoring of prescribing practices and facilitating the implementation of better treatment and prevention strategies as they become available. These clinical practice guidelines provide the framework to inform and support the development of a coordinated strategy to address this important issue and to promote safe and effective care.
PubMed ID 23241498

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