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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


Care and support of people growing older with learning disabilities

This guideline covers care and support for adults with learning disabilities as they grow older. It covers identifying changing needs, planning for the future, and delivering services including health, social care and housing.


Otitis media (acute): antimicrobial prescribing

This guideline sets out an antimicrobial prescribing strategy for acute otitis media (ear infection). It aims to limit antibiotic use and reduce antimicrobial resistance.


Stop smoking interventions and services

This guideline covers stop smoking interventions and services delivered in primary care and community settings for everyone over the age of 12. It aims to ensure that everyone who smokes is advised and encouraged to stop and given the support they need.


Physical activity and the environment

This updated guidance aims to help people be more active through improvements to the built environment and public transport and better access to the countryside. It calls on local councils to encourage people to be more physically active by improving routes for pedestrians, cyclists and other users.


Emergency and acute medical care in over 16s: service delivery and organisation

This guideline covers organising and delivering emergency and acute medical care for people aged over 16 in the community and in hospital. It aims to reduce the need for hospital admissions by giving advanced training to paramedics and providing community alternatives to hospital care.


Learning disabilities and behaviour that challenges: service design and delivery

This guideline covers services for children, young people and adults with a learning disability (or autism and a learning disability) and behaviour that challenges. It aims to promote a lifelong approach to supporting people and their families and carers, focusing on prevention and early intervention and minimising inpatient admissions.


Drug misuse prevention

This quality standard covers the prevention or delay of harmful use of drugs by children, young people and adults most likely to start using drugs, or already experimenting or using drugs occasionally.



This quality standard covers assessing and managing trauma (complex fractures, non-complex fractures, major trauma and spinal injury) in adults, young people and children. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

NICE Talks

Endometriosis: are my periods normal?

Endometriosis is a condition that affects around one in ten women. However the average time for a women to get a diagnosis is 7.5 years. This episode explores explore some of the issues that lead to these delays.


Changes to NICE drug appraisals: what you need to know

NICE and NHS England are introducing two ways to help the NHS manage introduction of new drugs that doesn't impact unfairly on other services, through negotiations with company to reduce budget impact, and phasing cost of introducing new treatment over a longer period.


How commissioners use research evidence

This resource brings together research on the use of evidence by commissioners. The findings aim to provide practical pointers for researchers to make their work more accessible and relevant to commissioners and managers.

NIHR Signal

Enriched food and snacks can increase nutritional intake in older people in hospital

Enriching hospital food with energy or protein may improve nutrition in older people in hospital. Studies assessed in a systematic review showed consistent effects of enriched or fortified foods compared with usual nutrition.

NIHR Signal

Self-care support for children with long-term conditions may reduce emergency costs

Helping children and parents to manage long-term conditions like asthma may reduce their need for emergency care, and is unlikely to reduce children’s quality of life.

Nuffield Trust

Transforming health care in nursing homes

This study finds that a new GP service offering seven-day-a-week support to four nursing homes has resulted in a 36 per cent reduction in emergency admissions to hospital, with the largest reductions happening during the last three months of a person’s life.

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