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

BMJ Quality & Safety

Impact of structured interdisciplinary bedside rounding on patient outcomes at a large academic health centre

Effective communication between healthcare providers and patients and their family members is an integral part of daily care and discharge planning for hospitalised patients. Several studies suggest that team-based care is associated with improved length of stay (LOS), but the data on readmissions are conflicting. This study evaluated the impact of structured interdisciplinary bedside rounding (SIBR) on outcomes related to readmissions and LOS.

Cochrane Library

World COPD Day

This specialist collection is for people who live with COPD, for those caring for people with COPD, and for healthcare professionals. It brings together a series of Cochrane Reviews addressing COPD, aligned with the theme of World COPD Day 2019: ‘All together to end COPD’.

European Medicines Agency

Responsible use of antibiotics: what’s your role?

To mark European Antibiotic Awareness Day (18 November 2019), EMA launched a social media campaign to highlight the importance of using antibiotics responsibly. A set of info-cards focuses on what responsible use means for patients, healthcare professionals, veterinarians, health-leaders and the pharmaceutical industry.


Menopause: diagnosis and management

This guideline covers the diagnosis and management of menopause, including in women who have premature ovarian insufficiency. The guideline aims to improve the consistency of support and information provided to women in menopause.


Thyroid disease: assessment and management

This guideline covers investigating all suspected thyroid disease and managing primary thyroid disease (related to the thyroid rather than the pituitary gland). It does not cover managing thyroid cancer or thyroid disease in pregnancy. It aims to improve quality of life by making recommendations on diagnosis, treatment, long-term care and support.

NICE guideline

Diverticular disease: diagnosis and management

This guideline covers the diagnosis and management of diverticular disease in people aged 18 years and over. It aims to improve diagnosis and care and help people get timely information and advice, including advice about symptoms and when to seek help.


Familial breast cancer: classification, care and managing breast cancer and related risks in people with a family history of breast cancer

This guideline covers care for people with a family history of breast, ovarian or another related (prostate or pancreatic) cancer. It aims to improve the long-term health of these families by describing strategies to reduce the risk of and promote early detection of breast cancer (including genetic testing and mammography). It also includes advice on treatments (tamoxifen, raloxifene) and surgery (mastectomy).


Workplace health: long-term sickness absence and capability to work

This guideline covers how to help people return to work after long-term sickness absence, reduce recurring sickness absence, and help prevent people moving from short-term to long-term sickness absence.


Reducing sexually transmitted infections- guidelines in development

This guidance will fully update Sexually transmitted infections and under-18 conceptions: prevention.


Your path in research

The NIHR has launched a campaign to encourage more health care professionals to get involved in research. It showcases a range of ways staff can learn more about the research happening around them every day, as well as how they can take their first or next step in a research career with the NIHR.

NIHR Signal

Losing weight following type 2 diabetes diagnosis boosts chance of remission

People who lose at least 10% of their body weight in the first year after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes increase their chances of being in remission after five years, compared with those whose weight remains stable. Losing this achievable amount of weight over the next four years also makes remission more likely.

NIHR Signal

Telephone-delivered CBT can provide lasting benefits for people with IBS

People with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) who receive cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) continue to have lower levels of symptoms over the following two years. Telephone-delivered CBT is particularly effective, with 71% of study participants experiencing a clinically significant improvement in their IBS symptoms.

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