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NICE Guidance - January 2014

The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published new guidance for the month of January 2014. This month there are two clinical guidelines and one public health guideline that impact upon primary care.

The Prostate Cancer clinical guideline updates original guidance issued in February 2008. It offers evidence-based advice on the care of men referred to secondary care with suspected or diagnosed prostate cancer, including follow-up in primary care for men with diagnosed prostate cancer.

The Head Injury clinical guideline updates original guidance issued in September 2007. It offers evidence-based advice on the care of children, young people and adults with head injury including recommendations regarding pre-hospital assessment, advice and referral to hospital.

The Behaviour Change: Individual Approaches public health guideline makes recommendations on individual-level interventions aimed at changing health-damaging behaviours related to alcohol, diet, physical activity, sex and smoking among people aged 16 or over. It includes a range of approaches, from single interventions delivered as the opportunity arises to planned, high-intensity interventions that may take place over a number of sessions.

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

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