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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


Managing medicines for adults receiving social care in the community (NG67)

This guidance aims to ensure that people who receive social care are supported to take and look after their medicines effectively and safely at home.


HIV testing should be seen as routine practice

NICE has issued a new quality standard that aims to improve the uptake of HIV testing among adults and young people who may have undiagnosed HIV.


Minimally invasive sacroiliac joint fusion surgery for chronic sacroiliac pain- Interventional procedures guidance

Evidence-based recommendations on minimally invasive sacroiliac joint fusion surgery for chronic sacroiliac pain in adults.


Irritable bowel syndrome in adults: diagnosis and management

This guideline covers diagnosing and managing irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in people aged 18 and over.


Sexually transmitted infections: condom distribution schemes

This guideline covers condom distribution schemes. The aim is to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

NIHR Signal

A group weight loss programme shows promise compared with usual approach

A new, intensive NHS group weight management programme was more effective than the more common individual sessions with a practice nurse. In an NIHR-funded trial based in deprived districts in East London, people who took part in the primary care group-based programme lost nearly 2kg more than those who had individual sessions with a nurse.

NIHR Signal

Research highlights the challenges of preventing diabetes with group education sessions

In people at high risk of type 2 diabetes, the educational programme ‘Let’s prevent’ had minimal impact on blood sugar control, and cholesterol. Overall it did not prevent people developing diabetes, though the risk was reduced for the 29% of people who attended all three sessions.

NIHR Signal

MRI scan before biopsy could detect more prostate cancer

In men with a raised prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test, which can be a sign of prostate cancer, MRI scanning before standard biopsy could allow more targeted biopsies and increase diagnosis of medium and high-risk prostate cancer.

Public Health England

Delivering better oral health: an evidence-based toolkit for prevention

This is an evidence based toolkit to support dental teams in improving their patient’s oral and general health.

Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network

Managing asthma in adults

This booklet for adults explains the recommendations in the clinical guideline produced by the British Thoracic Society (BTS) and the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN), about how you can get assessed and diagnosed for asthma, and the approaches that can help after diagnosis.

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