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Developing the Australasian Hepatology Association's consensus-based guidelines for the nursing care of patients with liver disease.

Jacqueline Richmond, Emily Wheeler, Sherryne Warner, Susan Mason
Australasian Hepatology Association, La Trobe University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.


UNLABELLED: Abstract Purpose: Hepatology nursing is an emerging speciality. To define best practice, the Australasian Hepatology Association (AHA) developed consensus-based guidelines for the nursing care of patients with liver disease. METHODS: Using the Delphi technique, six rounds of consultation were conducted with Australian hepatology nurses and non-nursing hepatology professionals. Input was captured through face-to-face and electronic communication and questionnaires. RESULTS: The experts' opinions were collated and consensus on the delivery of hepatology nursing care was achieved. In total, 90 consensus guidelines were developed. The principles underpinning the Guidelines include patient-centred care, non-discriminatory practice, cultural competence, collaboration and partnership and working within own scope of practice. CONCLUSION: Internationally, the AHA Guidelines are the first to document a consensus on the scope of hepatology nursing practice. The Guidelines reflect the expansion of hepatology nursing, from viral hepatitis to caring for patients with advanced liver disease and hepatocellular carcinoma, and provides a framework for future nursing practice.


  • Journal: Contemporary Nurse
  • Published: 01/01/2014
  • Volume: 48
  • Issue: 1
  • Pagination: 36-45