Arkansas Attempts to Develop Clinical Practice Guidelines for Special Needs Children

National conference to identify research issues surrounding clinical practice guidelines for special needs children

In 2000, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences hosted a meeting of child health experts to develop an agenda for a national conference on the implementation of guidelines for providing health care services to children with special health care needs.

Project organizers hoped to secure funding for the conference from the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Key Results

  • Members of the 18-member National Advisory Board for Clinical Practice Guidelines for Children with Special Health Care Needs, appointed during this grant, met in Little Rock, Ark., on March 12–13, 2000 to plan for the national conference.
  • Participants established a structure and a plan for the content of white paper that was to serve as the agenda of a national conference.


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) supported this project through a grant of $7,111.

After the Grant

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality did not fund a national conference on clinical practice guidelines for children with special health care needs, as project staff had hoped.

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