The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published new guidance for the month of December 2014. This month there are four clinical guidelines and one technology appraisal that impact upon primary care.
The Antenatal and postnatal mental health clinical guideline offers evidence-based advice on the recognition, assessment, care and treatment of mental health problems in women during pregnancy and the postnatal period (up to 1 year after childbirth), and in women who are planning a pregnancy.
The Colorectal Cancer clinical guideline offers evidence-based advice on the diagnosis and management of colorectal cancer.
The Pneumonia clinical guideline offers evidence-based advice on the care and management of adults with community- and hospital-acquired pneumonia.
The Dabigatran: deep vein thrombosis and/or pulmonary embolism technology appraisal recommends this treatment as a possible treatment for adults with deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism.
Action: Clinicians should be aware of this month's new guidance and implement any necessary changes to practice.