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News Analysis

Evolution of the use of quetiapine

Duncan et al (2016) published a study in the BMJ Open, which evaluated trends in the prescribing of quetiapine to adults in the Canadian province of Alberta between 2008 and 2013.

Nurse prescribing: a global perspective

This study, published in the Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal, aimed to explore...

Preventing urinary tract infection and supporting patient catheterisation for mental health

A tool has been developed that requires a health professional to carry out the assessment (Lauridsen et al, 2022). A UTI risk factor model was used as the basis to inform the content included in the...

Medical royal colleges ‘receive millions from drug and medical devices companies’

Royal colleges in the UK have received more than £9 million in marketing payments from drug and medical devices companies since 2015, but do not always disclose the payments publicly, finds an...

Updates

A new study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology has aimed to provide post-hoc analyses of a clinical trial that reported beneficial effects of medication reviews on...

Statin prescribing practice

This article in the journal JAMA Cardiology presents the findings of a cluster randomised clinical trial involving 4131 patients from 28 primary care practices and 158 clinicians between October 2019...

Examining sustainable practice in prescribing

This article, published in the Journal of Medical Ethics, sought to identify the barriers to prescribing more environmentally friendly inhalers (Parker, 2023). One of the drivers for this article was...

Machine learning for precision treatment

Sotomi et al (2023) examine the use of machine learning to identify cohorts of a population that may benefit from specific medications. The team had previously established a machine learning-based...

Examining prescribing in children and adolescents

This cohort study, published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal, aimed to identify trends in antipsychotic drug prescribing to children and adolescents in England (Radojčić et al, 2023). This was driven...

Your free revalidation toolkit

A free revalidation portfolio and CPD resource for nurses and midwives.

News Analysis

For what ages should blood pressure medications be recommended?

The Blood Pressure Lowering Treatment Trialists' Collaboration (2021a) reported from their large-scale study that a 5 mmHg reduction of systolic blood pressure reduced the risk of major cardiovascular...

Dexamethasone as an adjunct to pain management following knee surgery

In the recently published study, Gasbjerg et al (2022) examined the effects of one and two doses of intravenous dexamethasone in patients post surgery..

Exercise and breathing in rehabilitating long COVID

In exploring what effective rehabilitation would look like, Cheng et al (2021) recommend a comprehensive programme encompassing the promotion of functional recovery, as they note that this has been...

Recapping management of patients with lymphoedema

In lymphoedema, it is usually the extremities that are most affected (such as the feet, related to acquired vascular problems, or hands/arms related to breast cancer), followed by the genitalia....

News Analysis

Causes and treatment of urge incontinence in women

The BMJ (2020) states that this type of urinary incontinence may be caused by changes in anatomical support and/or neuromuscular function of the pelvic floor, or it may be idiopathic. There is a high...

Prescribing for panic disorder

When a person has a panic disorder, it is useful to be able to spot it when they first mention their symptoms. Not only is there a role for prescribing but there may be other options to keep the...

Diabetes remission and diet data

Diabetes can stem from obesity, with increasing numbers of studies showing remission of diabetes through a reduction in body weight (Quimby et al, 2021). Further research looks at how different food...

Treating those requiring anticoagulation during the COVID-19 pandemic

However, keeping hospital visits to a minimum has required other changes too. In March 2020, NHS England (2020) quickly devised a plan to switch patients who have previously had a blood clot and were...

Current and emerging approaches to lowering patient cholesterol

Recently approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), inclisiran may be a ‘game changer’ for people who have previously had a heart attack or stroke. NICE (2021) issued...

Novel use of psychedelics for heart disease and mental health: treatment and ethics

‘Classic psychedelics’ mainly refer to psychoactive substances known to act as agonists primarily at serotonin 2A receptors, which are often categorised into three classes: tryptamines, lysergamides,...

Multimorbidity, optimising treatment and preventing hospital admissions in older people

Recently published in the British Medical Journal, Blum et al's (2021) cluster randomised controlled trial looked at 110 clusters of inpatient wards within university-based hospitals across four...

The use of St John's Wort and its many interactions

St John's Wort is a herbal remedy that has been around for hundreds of years to treat mental health problems, and currently is bought over the counter for mild-to-moderate depression, as well as for...

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The earlier the better: statins to reduce cholesterol and cardiovascular disease

A recently published study evaluated incident cardiovascular disease (CVD) and the initiation as well as subsequent adherence to statin treatment for the treatment of primary prevention in those who...

Exploring the significance of delayed antimicrobial prescribing

In 2016, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) released a quality statement declaring that prescribers in primary care could use delayed prescribing of antimicrobials where they...

Complexity of fall prevention and whether deprescribing fall-risk-increasing drugs works

Being one of the leading causes of death in the elderly, falls can cause numerous health complications. Prescribing is important to protect the health of the frail and vulnerable, just as much as the...

The power of the psyche during patient anaesthesia: opioid use and postoperative pain

A recent study published in the British Medical Journal investigated the use of therapeutic suggestions played to patients through earphones during general anaesthesia while undergoing surgery, and...

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