The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is currently in the process of updating its clinical guideline on familial breast cancer[i]. Today (15 January), NICE has begun a consultation on a draft version of the guideline with new, provisional recommendations relating to genetic testing[ii], screening and the use of preventive treatments. The draft update also, for the first time, makes recommendations for people with a recent diagnosis of breast cancer who also have a family history of the disease.
The latest NEW and updated Cochrane Reviews have been added to our ‘Understanding Evidence‘ page.
14 January 2013
A big ‘thank you’ to the BMJ who have identified a number of very useful articles that explain how to read and interpret different kinds of research papers:
- Papers that go beyond numbers (qualitative research) Trisha Greenhalgh, Rod Taylor
- Papers that summarise other papers (systematic reviews and meta-analyses) Trisha Greenhalgh
- Papers that tell you what things cost (economic analyses) Trisha Greenhalgh
- Papers that report diagnostic or screening tests Trisha Greenhalgh
- Papers that report drug trials Trisha Greenhalgh
- Statistics for the non-statistician. II: “Significant” relations and their pitfalls Trisha Greenhalgh
- Statistics for the non-statistician Trisha Greenhalgh
- Assessing the methodological quality of published papers Trisha Greenhalgh
- Getting your bearings (deciding what the paper is about) Trisha Greenhalgh
- The Medline database Trisha Greenhalgh
The British Pain Society has launched five new pathways on the Map of Medicine to support commissioning and educate clinicians. The pathways may go on to inform the new NICE Quality Standard in pain.
The pathways are:
- Initial assessment and early management of pain
- Spinal pain
- Chronic widespread pain, including fibromyalgia
- Neuropathic pain
- Pelvic pain
The pathways are available to healthcare professionals and can be adapted for local clinical use using Map of Medicine’s unique localising software tools available to clinical commissioning groups (CCGs). To take advantage of the high-quality, peer-reviewed pathways visit the Map of Medicine.