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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

NHS UK

Many women unaware of the link between alcohol and breast cancer

Although the risks of drinking alcohol and breast cancer are not new, this study highlights that women may still be blind to the risk, and more could be done to improve awareness. This study builds on previous research that found many women mistakenly think that genetics and family history are responsible for most cases of breast cancer.

NHS UK

Red meat linked to higher chance of dying earlier

Researchers looked at changes in diet for more than 50,000 women and 27,000 men in the US, over 16 years. They found that those who had changed their diet to include more red meat were around 10% more likely to die during the study. While reducing red meat alone did not result in lower risk of death, swapping red meat for another protein source such as fish or nuts did slightly reduce the risk of death.

NICE

Physical activity: encouraging activity in the community

This quality standard covers how local strategy, policy and planning and improvements to the built or natural physical environment such as public open spaces, workplaces and schools can encourage and support people of all ages and all abilities to be physically active and move more. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

NICE

Innovative treatment for inflammatory eye condition recommended for use on the NHS

The treatment, which is injected into the eye, lasts 3 years. This could mean fewer hospital visits for patients who receive current treatments: including corticosteroid injections, immunosuppressants, and dexamethasone and adalimumab implants. Clinical trial results suggest the fluocinolone acetonide implant may improve clearness of vision for people with uveitis and help prevent the disease returning.

NICE

Shared Learning Awards 2019: Winning example announced

The winner of the NICE Shared Learning Awards 2019 has been announced. A project to fast track pancreatic cancer surgery meaning patients have operations in three weeks instead of two months has won first prize in the NICE Shared Learning Awards. The groundbreaking model created by Pancreatic Cancer UK and University Hospital Birmingham, means patients receive surgery in 16 days rather than 65 days.

NIHR Signal

More than 50% of hip replacements appear to last 25 years

Data from national registries and large case series show that in those countries, around 85% of total hip replacements last for 15 years, with 58% lasting for 25 years. This means that those hip replacements have lasted last longer than was first thought. It is good news for an ageing population, as it should mean that the chances of needing a second hip operation are reducing.

NIHR Signal

Steps to better understanding resistant behaviours and the culture of bedside dementia care in hospitals

High levels of resistance to care by people with dementia can be exacerbated by responses by staff on the wards. This study sought to understand the interactions and culture underlying care by closely observing and documenting what was actually happening on ten wards in five UK hospitals, and through interviews with carers and families.

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