Infant Oral Health Care Guideline Analysis

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Infant Oral Health Care Guideline Analysis The AGREE II instrument was first published in 2003 by international guideline developers and researchers (AGREE II, 2010). The group defined the quality of guidelines as "the confidence that the potential biases of guideline development have been addressed adequately and that the recommendations are both internally and externally valid, and are feasible for practice" (AGREE II, 2010, p.1). As the years passed it was decided that ongoing development was required due to a need to strengthen the measurement properties and ensure usability and feasibility among users; this led to several original team members coming together to form the AGREE Next Steps Consortium and the creation of the AGREE II (AGREE II, 2010). The tool was designed to assess the quality of guidelines, provide a methodological strategy for the development of guidelines, and to inform what information and how that information should be reported in guidelines (AGREE II, 2010). Guidelines are a critical part of nursing practice and health care as a whole. "Clinical guidelines are systematically developed statements that assist members of the health care team and their patients to make appropriate decisions about a specific condition or treatment. They arise following an examination of the current best evidence, and other knowledge relevant to a specific health program" (Robertson, 2007, p.2). Intended users for this tool include stakeholders from groups by

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