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Evidence-Practice Gaps Report Volume 1: A Review of Developments: 2004-2007.


The National Institute of Clinical Studies (NICS) has released a report on evidence to practice gaps in the Australian health care system. The report highlights the gaps between what is known from the best available research to what is done in daily practice and is a useful guide for nurses on best practice. NICS reviews its best practice recommendations every three to five years and recommends changes to practice as evidence changes, largely as a result of advances in research. This volume compares the evidence from 2003 to 2007 and makes recommended changes to practice. The 11 topics in this volume are:

* advising on smoking cessation;

* advising on smoking cessation in pregnancy;

* screening for lung cancer with chest xrays;

* preventing stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation;

* using ACE inhibitor and beta-blocker therapies in heart failure;

* measuring glycated haemoglobin in diabetes management;

* prescribing antibiotics for upper respiratory tract infection and acute bronchitis;

* preventing venous thromboembolism in hospitalised patients;

* preparing for elective colorectal surgery;

* using colonoscopy in colorectal cancer surgery followup; and

* managing acute and cancer pain in hospitalised patients.

Australia. National Institute of Clinical Studies. 2008. Evidence-Practice Gaps Report Volume 1: a review of developments: 2004-2007. National Health and Medical Research Council. Canberra, Australia.

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Publication:Australian Nursing Journal
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:8AUST
Date:Jun 1, 2008
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