NICE Guidelines October 2020
There have been three guidelines, one technology appraisal and one antimicrobial guideline published in October 2020 by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence which has impact upon primary care.
The COVID-19 rapid guideline: managing symptoms (including at the end of life) in the community guideline has been updated and published. The guideline provides recommendations for managing COVID-19 symptoms for patients in community, at the end of life. Recommendations regarding the management of medicines and protection for staff from infection has also been made. The guideline has also amended recommendations on considering a patient’s existing medicines with reference to the MHRA advice on warfarin and other anticoagulants.
The Rheumatoid arthritis in adults: management guideline has been updated and published. The guideline covers diagnosing and managing rheumatoid arthritis. It aims to improve quality of life by ensuring people have the right treatment. The updated guideline has amended the ‘treat to target’ recommendations to clarify that multiple disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs can be offered one after the other to achieve treatment targets.
The Behaviour change: digital and mobile health interventions guideline has been published. The guideline covers interventions that use a digital or mobile platform to help people live a healthier lifestyle. The interventions include those delivered by text message, apps, internet device or the internet. The guideline only covers those that are delivered by the technology and not the healthcare professions delivering the interventions.
Clinicians should be aware of these guidelines and implement any necessary changes to their practice.
CKS Updates October 2020
During the month of October 2020, the following Clinical Knowledge Summaries were published or updated:
All the above topics have been reviewed and updated in line with NICE guidance with minor layout changes. The Gastroenteritis topic has had several nodes merged to improved clarity and navigation.
Clinicians can use the updated and new information when reviewing patients.
The information in the Prescribing News section has been adapted from the Prescribing Advice for GPs blog
This section has been adapted from www.prescriber.org.uk