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New Guidelines summaries





Stroke in childhood
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health


Type 2 diabetes in adults: management
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence




Managing medicines for adults receiving social care in the community
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence




Guidelines on urinary incontinence
European Association of Urology








Drug misuse prevention: targeted interventions
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence




Choosing an appropriate inhaler device for the treatment of adults with asthma or COPD
Development Group: Usmani, Capstick, Chowhan, & Scullion.
This management algorithm was developed by a multidisciplinary expert panel: Usmani O et al with the support of a grant from Chiesi Ltd.



Clinical focus: Infection

Respiratory tract infections (self-limiting): prescribing antibiotics

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Most people presenting in primary care with an acute uncomplicated respiratory tract infection (RTI) will still receive an antibiotic prescription—with many doctors and patients believing that this is the right thing to do.

Evidence shows that antibiotics have limited effectiveness in treating a large proportion of RTIs in adults and children, and complications are likely to be rare if antibiotics are withheld. General practice consultation rates in England and Wales show that a quarter of the population will visit their GP because of an RTI each year and they are the reason for 60% of all antibiotic prescribing in general practice.

This Guidelines summary highlights the key points in a care pathway.

Pneumonia in adults: diagnosis and management
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
Management of suspected bacterial urinary tract infection in adults
Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network

Choosing an appropriate inhaler device for the treatment of adults with asthma or COPD
Development Group: Usmani, Capstick, Chowhan, & Scullion.
This management algorithm was developed by a multidisciplinary expert panel: Usmani O et al with the support of a grant from Chiesi Ltd.

Management of asthma in adults over 65 years of age
Development group: Gruffydd-Jones, McArthur, Murphy, Russell & Wise.
This management algorithm was developed by a multidisciplinary expert panel: Gruffydd-Jones K et al with the support of a grant from Teva UK Limited.

Low back pain and sciatica in over 16s: assessment and management
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Chest pain of recent onset: assessment and diagnosis
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Choosing an appropriate inhaler device for the treatment of adults with asthma or COPD
Development Group: Usmani, Capstick, Chowhan, & Scullion.
This management algorithm was developed by a multidisciplinary expert panel: Usmani O et al with the support of a grant from Chiesi Ltd.

Low back pain and sciatica in over 16s: assessment and management
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Tinnitus guidance for GPs
British Tinnitus Association

Chest pain of recent onset: assessment and diagnosis
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence



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