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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 Medical Journal

Arthroscopic surgery for degenerative knee arthritis and meniscal tears: a clinical practice guideline

An expert panel produced these recommendations based on a linked systematic review triggered by a randomised trial published in The BMJ in June 2016, which found that, among patients with a degenerative medial meniscus tear, knee arthroscopy was no better than exercise therapy.

NHS Confederation

The impact of Brexit: patient access to medical research

This briefing sets out how patients across Europe have benefited from pan-European collaboration on medical research. It outlines what is at stake if this collaboration is set back and how UK and EU decision-makers can mitigate the risks.


Preventing repeat suicides in community and custodial settings

This guidance suggests that installing physical barriers such as fencing and netting at bridges and railway stations will help people to reconsider their intentions at so-called 'suicide cluster areas.


People's experience in adult social care services

This guideline covers the care and support of adults receiving social care in their own homes, residential care and community settings. It aims to help people understand what care they can expect and to improve their experience by supporting them to make decisions about their care.


Pancreatic cancer patients should be offered early scans to avoid unnecessary surgery

NICE recommends the use of a more accurate scan to diagnose and determine the stage of pancreatic cancer in patients.


Opening doors, breaking down barriers

Victoria discusses improvements in how NICE works with patients and the general public, which means there are now more ways than ever to get involved.


Guideline on people's experience in adult social care services: improving the experience of care and support for people using adult social care services

This guideline covers the care and support of adults receiving social care in their own homes, residential care and community settings.


Peripheral arterial disease: diagnosis and management

This guideline covers diagnosing and managing peripheral arterial disease (PAD) in people aged 18 and over. Rapid changes in diagnostic methods, endovascular treatments and vascular services associated with new specialties in surgery and interventional radiology have resulted in considerable uncertainty and variation in practice.

NICE Podcast

Discussing prostate cancer out in the open

Charles Frost tells us about some of the issues men face when coming to terms with prostate cancer. Meg Burgess, from Prostate Cancer UK, explains what the prostate is and how we can begin to assess treatment options.

NIHR Signal

Diet and exercise programmes can prevent diabetes in high-risk individuals

Lifestyle changes can reduce the risk of diabetes by about 40% and overall prevents about four high-risk individuals in 100 developing type 2 diabetes each year. The risk remained low for an average of about seven years after the intervention, but effects did decline over time.

NIHR Signal

Introducing a primary care risk prediction tool did not reduce emergency admissions

The Predictive Risk Stratification Model (PRISM) was evaluated in a trial in general practices in Wales, and there is little evidence it benefits patients by reducing deaths or improving quality of life either.


Primary care study shows improved results for home blood pressure monitoring

NIHR-funded study into the treatment of hypertension within primary care found that when GPs base medication adjustments on regular blood pressure readings taken by patients at home, blood pressure was significantly lower after 12 months when compared with those who routinely attended clinics to have their blood pressure monitored.


Pharmacological management of migraine

This guideline provides recommendations on the pharmacological management of adults with acute migraine, and prophylaxis for patients with episodic or chronic migraine or medication overuse headache.

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