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NICE updates: June 2013

More treatments for women at risk of breast cancer                            

Updated guidance from NICE gives more options to women to reduce their risk of breast cancer. NICE recommends tamoxifen or raloxifene as preventative treatments for certain women at high risk of breast cancer due to a family history.

Nicotine products can help people to cut down before quitting smoking         

Licensed nicotine products, such as patches and gum, should be offered to people who smoke and are struggling to quit to help them cut down on cigarettes, NICE says. NICE recommends that stop smoking advisers and health professionals advise people to stop smoking in one go, but for those who aren’t ready or are unable to stop in one step, they should suggest considering a harm-reduction approach.

Offer range of effective treatments for people with hep B

More people with hepatitis B should be assessed, referred and offered the range of clinical and cost effective treatments available for the disease, according to NICE. In its first clinical guideline on hepatitis B, NICE recommends a range of measures to help raise awareness of the condition and reduce the current variation in treatments offered.

Older patients at high risk of hospital falls

Updated guidelines from NICE recommend that healthcare professionals should consider patients aged 65 or older, and those aged over 50 with underlying conditions such as stroke, at high risk of falling while in hospital care.

Podcasts available on falls and antisocial behaviour and conduct disorders

We’ve produced implementation podcasts on our updated falls guidance and our guideline on antisocial behaviour and conduct disorders to help you get the most out of these products.

Two shared learning examples from London and Portsmouth on hepatitis B are also now available, which highlight innovative uses of NICE guidance.

Let us know what you think of our draft guidance on behaviour change. The behaviours covered are alcohol, diet, physical activity, sexual behaviour and smoking, and the consultation closes on 31 July 2013.

We’d also like to hear your thoughts on our draft update of our guideline on neuropathic pain. Neuropathic pain is pain caused by a lesion or disease of the central somatosensory nervous system. The consultation closes on 18 July 2013.

 

HTA Bulletin: June 2013

Intermittent pneumatic compression reduces risk of deep vein thrombosis in stroke patients

Intermittent pneumatic compression is effective in reducing the risk of deep vein thrombosis in stroke patients, according to the findings of an HTA Programme study. [more…] Intermittent pneumatic compression is effective in reducing the risk of deep vein thrombosis in stroke patients, according to the findings of an HTA Programme study. [more…] 

Use of magnesium sulphate for managing severe asthma

HTA funded research published in The Lancet has found that magnesium sulphate is not effective at treating patients with severe acute asthma needing hospital admission. [more…]

Surgery provides better relief from chronic reflux than drugs

After five years, surgery continues to provide better relief from the symptoms of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease than medication and is likely to be cost-effective, concludes research funded by the HTA Programme. [more…]

 

July update from AQuA

https://www.aquanw.nhs.uk/content_items/7540

In this edition you will find:

 

• AQuA launches Improving Outcomes Pack for Diabetes

• AQuA Improvement Methodologies Plus (AIM+)

• AQuA’s Lean Network

• Spotlight on organisational improvement

• Safety Seminar with Robert Francis QC

• Patient Safety Champions

• Academy events round-up

• Community SAFE – programme update

• A New Role for Finance in Quality Improvement – Cohort 4

• Update on Academic Health Science Networks

• Showing the value – EPaCCS Economic Evaluation Report now available

• Advancing Quality under conference spotlight

• iNetwork’s services free to AQuA’s members

• Shared Decision Making’s Ask 3 Questions campaign shortlisted for efficiency award

• AQuA at this year’s NHS Confederation annual conference and exhibition

• Annual report highlights mortality rates for people with severe mental illness

• Sharing the Shared Decision Making process

• Chance to join Advancing Quality’s new COPD Pilot

• Twitter round up