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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

British Society for Haematology

New guidance on administration of blood components

This guideline provides recommendations for pre-transfusion blood sampling and the authorisation (prescription), collection and administration of blood components to adults, children and neonates thus supporting the development of standardised local guidelines and practice.

Cochrane Library

Comprehensive geriatric assessment for older adults admitted to hospital

The review found that patients undergoing a comprehensive geriatric assessment on hospital admission were more likely to be living independently in their own homes 3–12 months after admission.


Suspected cancer

This quality standard covers the investigation and recognition of suspected cancer, and referral to specialist cancer services for adults, young people and children. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.


New deal will give people with kidney cancer another treatment option

NICE recommends lenvatinib, also known as kisplyx, be given in conjunction with another drug called everolimus. The evidence from a single clinical trial suggests that, on average, people live around 10.1 months longer if they have lenvatinib plus everolimus rather than everolimus alone.


NICE Launches PRIMA to health-check economic models

NICE has launched Preliminary Independent Model Advice (PRIMA), a detailed peer review service to help developers of drugs, medical devices and diagnostics, and public health interventions ensure the quality of their model structure, coding, usability and transparency.


Comprehensive care. Older people living with frailty in hospitals

This review covers four key aspects of caring for older people living with frailty in hospital: Assessment; identifying and managing symptoms associated with frailty in hospital; discharge planning; and caring environments.

Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network

Management of diabetes (SIGN 116)

This updated guidance provides recommendations on lifestyle interventions for type 1 & 2 diabetes; managing psychosocial issues; managing cardiovascular, kidney and foot diseases; preventing visual impairment; and managing type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes during pregnancy.

Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network

Pharmacological management of glycaemic control in people with type 2 diabetes (SIGN 154)

This guidance provides recommendations on optimal targets for glucose control for the prevention of microvascular and macrovascular complications, and the risks and benefits of the different glucose-lowering agents and insulins currently available.

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