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Evidence based practice

News items that focus on evidence based practice

Highlighting evidence based practice guidelines, research and tools from across the UK.

This theme explores what it means to practise in line with best available evidence. It highlights evidence based practice guidelines, research and other tools and updates on evidence based techniques and processes from across the UK. International content from credible resources is also included.

Evidence based practice


Parkinson’s disease in adults

This guideline covers diagnosing and managing Parkinson's disease in people aged 18 and over. It aims to improve care from the time of diagnosis, including monitoring and managing symptoms, providing information and support, and palliative care.


New quality standards published

NICE has published new quality standards for Low back pain and sciatica in over 16s and chronic kidney disease in adults.


NICE has published new and updated indicators for general practice and commissioning groups

NHS England and other organisations can use the NICE menu to identify suitable indicators for national and local indicator frameworks. The indicators have been tested for use at CCG level.


Autistic national register

NICE is calling on GPs to develop a national autism register to ensure autistic people receive the tailored care they need. The register will mean patients on the autistic spectrum will be easily identifiable to healthcare professionals working within the GP surgery.

National Institute for Health Research

Advancing care: research with care homes

This review reports on three themes relating to the care of older people in care homes: maintaining good health and quality of life, managing long term conditions associated with ageing, and ensuring a good quality end of life. It features published and ongoing studies alongside views from care home staff and researchers.

NIHR Signal

Type 2 diabetes is becoming more common in children

The number of children being diagnosed with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes is rising. New analysis in this NIHR-supported study suggest that type 2 diabetes now accounts for up to a third of diabetes diagnoses in children.


Physical activity in the community improves mobility for cancer survivors

Programmes to encourage physical activity for people with cancer at home or in local communities have a positive impact on physical function. The studies mostly included older people with breast cancer, in whom these small improvements may be important.

National Institute for Health Research

Obsessive compulsive disorder

This Highlight features research into psychological and pharmacological treatment options and new research on using self-help materials, combined with modest levels of support from mental health practitioners.

Public Health England

Dementia in older age: barriers to primary prevention and factors

These evidence reviews aim to aid commissioners and researchers make decisions about prioritisation of primary prevention measures relevant to dementia. The reviews find evidence that changing some behaviours in midlife can reduce the chances of getting dementia in older age.

Public Health Research & Practice

A new issue of Public Health Research & Practice has been published

This issue is a special edition examining the theme of cancer screening, and the concerns, controversy and evidence around its benefits and potential harms.


SIGN guidelines on cardiovascular disease

SIGN guideline 149: Risk estimation and the prevention of cardiovascular disease and SIGN guideline 150: Cardiac rehabilitation are part of a set of six coronary heart disease guidelines being updated by SIGN over the course of 2016–2018.

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