The CCG is owned by DNS, which is an umbrella organisation for 19 scientific societies within nursing in Denmark. DNS works closely with The National Board of Health, medical scientific societies and other relevant partners within the health care sector in Denmark and the Nordic countries.
The Centre was initially established by and for nursing in Denmark. However, there is a great desire for the cooperation with other allied health care professions.
The foundation for CCG was laid out in 2005, when it became clear that the existing guidelines for nursing care varied in quality and were based on limited evidence. The guidelines were either not published or if published they had different recommendations for the same problem. This resulted in inappropriate use of resources. A clinical guideline is defined as "systematically developed statements that can be used by professionals and patients when they must decide on appropriate and proper healthcare performance in specific clinical situations".
The Centre for Clinical Guidelines is physically located at the Department of Nursing Science, Institute of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Aarhus University. Primary stakeholders are nurses employed at the nation's hospitals and teachers of university colleges, but other health professions, are expected to eventually contribute to and benefit from the centre.
The location of the centre at Aarhus University creates an opportunity for increased cooperation between academic and clinical competencies. Moreover, the Centre will be able to identify new areas of research within nursing. The Department of Nursing Sciences at Aarhus University is the only university in Denmark offering the following degrees: Master in Clinical Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing and a Ph.D. in nursing science.
The Purpose of the Centre for Clinical Guidelines – Danish National Clearinghouse for Nursing is:
• To assess the quality (technical & methodological) of clinical guidelines in nursing
• To establish and maintain a database of approved clinical guidelines
• To be part of a national and international cooperation for the development of clinical guidelines
• To identify areas for future research
• To initiate and engage in research activities at a national and international level
• To initiate and engage in educational activities designed to enhance the quality and development of clinical guidelines
• To disseminate knowledge on existing clinical guidelines
The operation of the CCG is based on membership fees and income from other sources. Members of the CCG subscribe for membership for a period of five years. At the moment 30 out of 32 hospitals (5 university hospitals and 25 regional hospitals) support the CCG and all seven university colleges are members of CCG. These colleges offer a Professional Bachelor Degree Programme (3½ years) to all allied hospital care staff.
Merete Bender Bjerrum
Ami Hommel (Affiliate)