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NICE Guidance - February 2014

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

The Osteoarthritis clinical guideline updates original guidance issued in February 2008. This update planned to include a full review pharmacological management of osteoarthritis however further work in this area is pending. In the meantime the original recommendations from 2008 remain current advice with attention drawn to a recent review that identified that paracetamol may not be as effective as previously thought.

The Psychosis and schizophrenia in adults clinical guideline updates original guidance issued in March 2009. It offers evidence-based advice on the care of adults with psychosis and schizophrenia.

The Domestic violence and abuse public health guideline notes that domestic violence and abuse is a complex issue that needs sensitive handling by a range of health and social care professionals. The guideline makes recommendations regarding commissioning services, training and referral pathways. Training is recommended for clinicians and administrative staff in GP practices on how to make it easier for people to disclose domestic violence and abuse.

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

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