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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


No evidence sugar-free soft drinks aid weight loss – study

Soft drinks made with artificial sweeteners, such as diet colas, do not help people lose weight and may be as big a part of the obesity problem as the full-sugar versions, academics have said. A paper by researchers at Imperial College London and two universities in Brazil contends that artificially sweetened beverages, often called diet drinks, are just as big a problem as those containing sugar. There is no evidence they help people lose weight, they say, possibly because people assume they can eat more because their drinks are low in sugar.

Implementation Science

Clinical practice guidelines for the management of chronic musculoskeletal pain in primary healthcare: a systematic review

Up-to-date, high quality, evidence-based clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) that are applicable for primary healthcare are vital to optimize services for the population with chronic musculoskeletal pain (CMSP). The study aimed to systematically identify and appraise the available evidence-based CPGs for the management of CMSP in adults presenting in primary healthcare settings.

Implementation Science

The Tailored Implementation in Chronic Diseases (TICD) project: introduction and main findings

The Tailored Implementation in Chronic Diseases (TICD) project aims to contribute knowledge on how to improve healthcare for patients with chronic diseases and, at the same time, knowledge on concepts and methods of tailoring interventions to local conditions. In this contribution, the project is briefly introduced and its main findings are discussed.

NHS National Institute for Health Research

Additional brain scan could provide more certainty in diagnosing foetal brain abnormalities

An additional MRI scan during pregnancy could help to more accurately detect foetal abnormalities and give more certainty for parents whose 20-week ultrasound scan showed a potential problem, according to new research funded by the NIHR. The study involved 570 women whose mid-pregnancy ultrasound scan revealed a potential brain abnormality in the foetus. Within two weeks of their first scan they were given an extra scan using MRI, which increased accuracy of the diagnosis, meaning almost all (93 per cent) were correct.


The NICE year in review

NICE has produced a timeline of their work over 2016 highlighting guidance and standards that they have developed.


Oral health promotion in the community

This quality standard calls on local authorities to include oral health as part of their general health promotion responsibilities. It suggests that councils could provide tooth brushing schemes in schools and nurseries and that social care providers should also ensure oral health is included in care plans for people receiving support.


New and updated guidance

New guidance for HIV testing and end of life care for infants, children and young people with life-limiting conditions.


New and updated quality standards

New quality standards have been published for the planning and management and identifying and managing mental health problems in people with learning disabilities and tuberculosis.

National Institute for Health Research

The role of genetics in immunity highlighted

Researchers from King’s College London supported by the NIHR Guy’s and St Thomas’ Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) have found that nearly three quarters of immune traits are influenced by genes. These findings could form the basis of further research into treatments for a number of autoimmune diseases.

Welsh Government

“New treatment fund, open for business” – says Health Secretary

A total of £12 million will be released to health boards with immediate effect, with a further £4 million being made available later. The fund will provide additional support of £16 million annually to help health boards in Wales speed up access to medicines recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the All Wales Medicines Strategy Group (AWMSG).

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