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NICE Guidance - June 2022

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have published new or updated guidance for the month of June 2022. This month there are seven guidelines and one Medical technologies guidance that impact upon primary care.

The Peristeen Plus transanal irrigation system for managing bowel dysfunction medical technologies guidance has been updated. It covers use of this transanal irrigation system for managing bowel dysfunction. The update reflects 2021 costs and revises cost-saving estimates.

The Reducing sexually transmitted infections guideline has been published. It covers interventions to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in people aged 16 and over. It aims to reduce the transmission of all STIs, including HIV, and includes ways to help increase the uptake of STI testing and vaccines for human papillomavirus (HPV) and hepatitis A and B.

The Gout: diagnosis and management guideline has been published. It covers the diagnosis and management of gout. It includes recommendations on diagnosing gout, managing flares, long-term management of gout and referral to specialist services.

The Multiple sclerosis in adults: management guideline has been published. It covers diagnosing and managing multiple sclerosis in people aged 18 and over. It aims to improve the quality of life for people with multiple sclerosis by promoting prompt and effective symptom management and relapse treatment, and comprehensive reviews.

The Depression in adults: treatment and management guideline has been published. It covers identifying, treating and managing depression in people aged 18 and over. It recommends treatments for first episodes of depression and further-line treatments, and provides advice on preventing relapse, and managing chronic depression, psychotic depression and depression with a coexisting diagnosis of personality disorder.

Additionally, three guidelines on diabetes have all been updated with new recommendations on periodontitis. The affected guidelines are:

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

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