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NICE Guidance - October 2012 [updated]

The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has published new guidance for the month of October 2012. This month there are two clinical guidelines that impacts upon primary care.

The Crohn's Disease clinical guideline discusses the management of Crohn's disease in adults, children and young people. The guideline covers the induction and maintenance of remission, surgery and maintaining remission after surgery. Additionally, the guideline discusses the impact of Crohn's disease on pregnancy and fertility as well as considering monitoring for osteopenia and assessing fracture risk.

The Psoriasis clinical guideline discussess the assessment and management of psoriasis in adults, young people and children. The guideline covers topical and systemic therapies and phototherapy. Attention is also drawn to 'difficult-to-treat sites' that include the face, flexures, genitalia, scalp, palms and soles. Psoriasis at these sites may result in functional impairment and be more difficult to treat.

Action: Clinicians should be aware of this month's new guidance and implement any necessary changes to practice.

Details of the Psoriasis guideline were added 24th October 2012

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