Insights on practice variations in the management of lymphoma and leukemia

Fausto R. Loberiza, Andrew C. Cannon, Anthony J. Cannon, Philip J. Bierman

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Abstract

Clinical practice guidelines are systematically developed statements designed to assist practitioners in making decisions about appropriate healthcare for specific clinical circumstances. Their successful implementation should improve quality of care by decreasing inappropriate variation and expediting the application of effective advances to everyday practice. Despite wide promulgation, guidelines have had limited effect on changing physician behaviors. This two-part review article highlights variations in the current recommended management of lymphoma (Part I) and leukemia (Part II), with some focus on targeted therapies. Focus on variations that may be amenable to educational programs designed for physicians were also considered in the review. For the purpose of this report, variation is defined as any deviation in the treatment or management of a particular hematologic malignancy where practice guidelines exist. Specific studies that demonstrate factors that may cause variations in clinical outcomes of hematologic malignancies and may contribute to variations in practice are featured.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2449-2456
Number of pages8
JournalLeukemia and Lymphoma
Volume55
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014

Keywords

  • Leukemia
  • Lymphoma
  • Practice variation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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