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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

NICE quality standard

Medicines management for people receiving social care in the community

This quality standard covers assessing whether people need help with their medicines and deciding on the support people need to manage their medicines. It also covers the communication required between health and social care staff to ensure people have the medicines support they need. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

NICE guideline

Community pharmacies: promoting health and wellbeing

This guideline covers how community pharmacies can help maintain and improve people’s physical and mental health and wellbeing, including people with a long-term condition. It aims to encourage more people to use community pharmacies by integrating them within existing health and care pathways and ensuring they offer standard services and a consistent approach.

NICE guideline

Ocrelizumab for treating relapsing–remitting multiple sclerosis

Current NHS treatments for relapsing–remitting multiple sclerosis include alemtuzumab, beta interferons, cladribine, dimethyl fumarate, fingolimod, glatiramer acetate, natalizumab and teriflunomide. Clinical trial results show that ocrelizumab reduces the number of relapses and slows disability progression compared with interferon beta-1a for people with relapsing–remitting multiple sclerosis.

NICE guideline

Mechanical thrombectomy devices for acute ischaemic stroke

This briefing describes 21 technologies for delivering mechanical thrombectomy (MT) for acute ischaemic stroke. The innovative aspects are that the devices restore blood flow in people who are not able to have pharmacological treatment. They can also be used in people for whom pharmacological treatment has not worked effectively.

NICE talks

Child abuse: communication is key

In this new podcast, Corinne-May Chahal, professor of applied science and chair of NICE guideline explains the crucial principles that need to be considered when responding to child abuse. What do young people think about this? Emma Harewood describes how to recognise abuse and neglect and how to move forward in the field.


New genetic technique successfully used to diagnose seriously ill children

A new rapid technique for genetic sequencing developed by NIHR researchers has been successfully used to diagnose children in intensive care, enabling them to receive the best treatment and reducing the time they have to spend in hospital. The technique called Rapid Paediatric Sequencing (RaPS) cuts the time for genome sequencing from weeks to just four days.

NIHR Signal

Ultrasound shows potential for confirming the diagnosis of pneumonia in children

Ultrasound scans of the lungs can be more accurate than chest X-rays for diagnosing pneumonia in children in some circumstances. A systematic review of the published evidence found that lung ultrasound was more sensitive and about as specific as chest X-ray, when used to confirm suspected community-acquired pneumonia in children.

NIHR Signal

A reminder that too much oxygen increases mortality in acutely ill adults

In acutely ill adults, liberal use of oxygen supplementation is found to increase the risk of death compared with more conservative oxygen strategies. More liberal oxygen therapy increases patient mortality in hospital by about 11 deaths amongst every 1,000 people exposed.

NHS Choices

No proof that moderate drinking prevents dementia

The study was carried out by researchers from the University College London Université Paris-Saclay and Université Paris Diderot, and. It was funded by the US National Institute on Aging, the UK Medical Research Council and the British Heart Foundation.

NHS Choices

Vaping and using nicotine patches in pregnancy linked to cot death

Cot death, referred to by clinicians as sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), is the sudden, unexpected and unexplained death of an apparently healthy baby. The study was carried out by a team of researchers from the US Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. It was funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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