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Eyes on Evidence June 2012

Eyes on Evidence is a free monthly e-bulletin from NHS Evidence which covers significant new evidence as it emerges, with an explanation about what it means for current practice. The articles also contain hyperlinks to relevant articles, NHS Evidence and NICE guidance. In this month’s bulletin:

Diagnosis and treatment of first-episode psychosis
Mortality risk of antipsychotic treatment in people with dementia

Effects of antiplatelet therapy in people with chronic kidney disease

Relaxation techniques for pain management in labour

Antimuscarinic drugs for urinary incontinence in women

NHS Evidence now includes information from the Pelvic Pain Support Network

Cochrane quality and productivity topics

Evidence Updates

  • Improving outcomes in head and neck cancers.
  • Familial breast cancer.
  • Sedation in children and young people.

June 19, 2012 at 10:16 am Leave a comment

NHS Evidence: September Annual Evidence Updates

The NHS Evidence Specialist Collections have been developed to identify and meet the information needs of particular communities of practice. They are web-based collections containing clinical and non-clinical information on the major health priority areas. Each specialist collection identifies and provides access to quality assessed information of relevance to the community that it serves. An aspect of this involves the production of Annual Evidence Updates, which aim to highlight the best current evidence for selected healthcare topics. Annual Evidence Updates consist of the good quality evidence from a search of research evidence on a particular topic over a 12 month period, plus user-friendly summaries written by relevant experts, and links to guidelines, secondary research and primary research, if applicable. All information included in Annual Evidence Updates has been subject to rigorous selection criteria.

The following Annual Evidence Updates are scheduled for September:

6 September

Epilepsy (NHS Evidence – neurological conditions)

The Neurological Conditions Specialist Collection Project Team has carried out a systematic literature search on Epilepsy to identify all high level evidence published since the date of the last Epilepsy Annual Evidence Update in 2009, including guidelines, systematic reviews, health technology assessments and economic evaluations. Leading epilepsy experts from around the UK have read and appraised these for their validity and relevance to the busy clinician. A list of the papers deemed worthy of inclusion, along with expert commentaries by our reviewers, will be freely available on the site at from 6 September. This year we have continued to identify uncertainties in research to contribute to the DUETs project (see for more details).

Gastrointestinal symptoms in supportive and palliative care (NHS Evidence – supportive and palliative care)

The latest update from NHS Evidence – supportive and palliative care focuses on the best new evidence on treatments for anorexia and cachexia in chronic disease and palliative care.

13 September

Alzheimer’s disease and dementia (NHS Evidence – later life)

The Annual Evidence Update (AEU) aims to provide healthcare professionals with a clear path to the most important recent evidence surrounding the five major types of dementia: Alzheimer’s, Vascular dementia,  Dementia with Lewy bodies,  Frontotemporal dementia and Mixed dementias. The Dementia AEU provides bibliographies on secondary research (systematic reviews, meta analyses and guidelines) on the following topics:

  1. Definitions, Diagnosis and Screening
  2. Risk Factors and Aetiology
  3. Pharmacological Treatments
  4. Non-Pharmacological Treatments
  5. Models of Dementia Care
  6. Evidence on Other Dementias

Diabetic Retinopathy (NHS Evidence – diabetes)

Diabetic retinopathy is the most common cause of blindness in working age people in the UK. The Annual Evidence Update on Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) provides an opportunity to present an up-to-date comprehensive collection of information that has been subject to rigorous selection criteria. The coverage of the Annual Evidence Update  has been developed on the basis of topics suggested by UK diabetic retinopathy experts. Information is organised by topic areas and links are provided within each topic to the relevant systematic reviews, primary research, guidelines and patient information. Topics include: incidence and prevalence of DR, epidemiology and progression of DR, factors influencing development of DR, screening for DR, treatment, surgery, modern therapies, blindness and visual impairment, and assessment of retinopathy by automated computer algorithm.

Eczema (NHS Evidence – skin disorders)

NHS Evidence – skin disorders is producing its fourth Annual Evidence Update on Atopic Eczema on 13 September 2010, with the results of a search for new national guidance and systematic reviews published since the 2009 Annual Evidence Update.  There will be the Library’s usual “what’s new” analysis, discussing the new evidence and its implications for clinical practice — this year written by Professor Hywel Williams and Dr Kave Shams.

20 September

Osteoarthritis (NHS Evidence – musculoskeletal and NHS Evidence – trauma and orthopaedics) and

This is the fourth Annual Evidence Update on osteoarthritis produced by NHS Evidence – musculoskeletal  in conjunction with NHS Evidence – trauma and orthopaedics and includes the results of a search for new national guidance and systematic reviews published since August 2009. To accompany this update, there will be commentaries discussing the new evidence.

Surgical aspects of faecal incontinence (NHS Evidence – surgery, anaesthesia, perioperative and critical care)

NHS Evidence – surgery, anaesthesia, perioperative and critical care will be publishing its third Annual Evidence Update on the surgical management of faecal incontinence. The update will coincide with National Continence Awareness Week 2010 beginning 20 September. NICE guidance on faecal incontinence (CG49) was published in June 2007 based on literature published prior to October 2006. Having published the second update in September 2009, this AEU will highlight relevant, good quality evidence published between July 2009 and July 2010, focusing specifically on surgical management (including biofeedback and implants).

27 September

Amblyopia (NHS Evidence – eyes and vision)

Clinicians treating ophthalmic disease in children always have to consider, and often have to manage, amblyopia – either as the main disorder causing impaired vision or as a contributing condition. The 2010 Annual Evidence Update focuses on the clinical and functional outcomes of amblyopia and highlights the:

  • clinical outcomes of treatment – focusing on aspects of visual acuity, stereopsis, and ocular alignment;
  • functional outcomes of treatment – focusing on aspects of quality of life and visual functioning;
  • adverse events of treatment;
  • new evidence that is likely to inform a change in clinical practice;
  • current uncertainties in the effectiveness of treatments.

Commentaries have been provided by Jugnoo Rahi, Reader in Ophthalmic Epidemiology/Honorary Consultant Ophthalmologist, Institute of Child Health UCL; Jill Carlton, Research Associate, ScHARR, University of Sheffield and Mike Clarke, Reader in Ophthalmology, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Antenatal and pregnancy care (NHS Evidence – women’s health)

NHS Evidence – women’s health is holding its next Annual Evidence Update from Monday 27 September. The Antenatal Care Evidence Update builds on the accumulated knowledge-base and provides an up-to-date summary of the latest evidence in this area including the provision of antenatal care, patient information needs, common pregnancy problems, antenatal ultrasound and fetal monitoring. All the information contained in our AEU has been subject to rigorous selection criteria.  We know it is very difficult for busy health professionals to keep up-to-date with the huge volume of literature that is published each year and so the specialist collections are here to do this for you.

August 31, 2010 at 10:04 am Leave a comment

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