Protocol for the Development of the Fourth Edition of the Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers/Injuries: Clinical Practice Guideline Using GRADE Methods

Emily Haesler, Janet Cuddigan, Keryln Carville, Zena Moore, Jan Kottner, Elizabeth A. Ayello, Dan Berlowitz, Althea Carruth, Chang Yee Yee, Jill Cox, Sue Creehan, Jane Nixon, Hau Lan Ngan, Katrin Balzer

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Abstract

The National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel, European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, and the Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance are commencing a new (fourth) edition of the Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers/Injuries: Clinical Practice Guideline. The fourth edition of the International Pressure Injury (PI) Guideline will be developed using GRADE methods to ensure a rigorous process consistent with evolving international standards. Clinical questions will address prevention and treatment of PIs, identification of individuals at risk of PIs, assessment of skin and tissues, and PI assessment. Implementation considerations supporting application of the guidance in clinical practice will be developed. The guideline development process will be overseen by a guideline governance group and methodologist; the guideline development team will include health professionals, educators, researchers, individuals with or at risk of PIs, and informal carers. This article presents the project structure and processes to be used to undertake a systematic literature search, appraise risk of bias of the evidence, and aggregate research findings. The methods detail how certainty of evidence will be evaluated; presentation of relative benefits, risks, feasibility, acceptability, and resource requirements; and how recommendations will be made and graded. The methods outline transparent processes of development that combine scientific research with best clinical practice. Strong involvement from health professionals, educators, individuals with PIs, and informal carers will enhance the guideline's relevance and facilitate uptake. This update builds on previous editions to ensure consistency and comparability, with methodology changes improving the guideline's quality and clarity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)136-146
Number of pages11
JournalAdvances in Skin and Wound Care
Volume37
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2024

Keywords

  • evidence
  • GRADE
  • guideline
  • methodology
  • pressure injury
  • pressure ulcer
  • protocol
  • stakeholders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing

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