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ONC: Benefits and Risks/Harms of Implementation (2007)

Benefits and Risks/Harms of Implementing the Recommendations

Safety issues must be reviewed carefully for each patient. General benefits and risks associated with implementation of the guideline is addressed for each recommendation.

Potential Benefits

The primary goal of implementing these recommendations includes improving the percentage of individuals who are able to meet their nutritional needs, reducing incidence of treatment interruptions, and positively impacting the patient’s treatment.

Risk/Harm Considerations

When using these treatment recommendations:
  • Review the patient’s age, socioeconomic status, cultural issues and other health conditions.
  • Consider a referral to social services to assist patients with financial arrangements if economic issues are a concern.
  • Use clinical judgment when evaluating patients with co-morbid conditions or those receiving palliative care. Such conditions may include: renal dysfunction, diabetes, food allergies, pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, psychiatric disorders, metabolic diseases and hepatic encephalopathy or endstage chronic renal disease.