Surgeons embrace virtual consultations to meet patients’ needs during pandemic #covid19rftlks

Surgeons embrace virtual consultations to meet patients’ needs during pandemic | BMJ | 2020; 370: m2644 

The Royal College of Surgeons of England has published guidance on conducting virtual consultations after a survey found that 90% of surgeons had used them during the covid-19 pandemic.

A survey of 1741 surgeons and surgical trainees conducted by the college from 8 to 15 June found that 91% of surgeons had used telephone or video conferencing for patient consultations and outpatient clinics during the pandemic. Most (83%) also said that they had conducted team meetings remotely, such as multidisciplinary team meetings.

While virtual consultations are relatively common in the NHS, the college said that they would play a particularly significant role in the NHS after covid-19 and in future pandemic planning.

Further detail: Surgeons embrace virtual consultations to meet patients’ needs during pandemic

See also: Royal College of Surgeons of England | Virtual consultations

[NICE Consultation] Brain tumours (primary) and brain metastases in adults

NICE |  March 2020 | Brain tumours (primary) and brain metastases in adults |In development [GID-QS10092]

NICE has released a consultation for the 5 key areas for quality improvement which you consider as having the greatest potential to improve the quality of care in this area. 

Closing date for comments: Monday 20 April 2020 at 5pm

Full details from NICE

[NICE Consultation] Tobacco: preventing uptake, promoting quitting and treating dependence (update)

NICE | January 2020| Tobacco: preventing uptake, promoting quitting and treating dependence (update) 

NICE’s consultation on Tobacco: preventing uptake, promoting quitting and treating dependence (update) is open until 18 January 2021. 

NICE are evaluating the following review question:

What are the long-term health effects of e-cigarette use?

NICE need the following information for the guideline they are developing on Tobacco. Evidence which:

  • compares long-term health effects of those who use e-cigarettes with those who do not use e-cigarettes, where smoking is evenly distributed across groups (either non-smokers, smokers, or ex-smokers) AND
  • reports health effects at minimum 1 year after use started AND
  • is longitudinal and has a control group (for example, randomised controlled trials, non-randomised controlled trials, controlled before-and-after studies, cohort studies with control groups, case control studies).

NICE require data reporting long-term health effects using a validated measure, or risk factors for disease.

NICE are particularly interested in information promoting equality of opportunity relating to age, disability, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, religion and belief sexual orientation or socio-economic status.

NICE would like:

  • unpublished information meeting the above criteria, including any ongoing research or commercial information
  • published information.

Full details are available from NICE 

[NICE Consultation] Community pharmacies: promoting health and wellbeing

NICE | September 2019 | Community pharmacies: promoting health and wellbeing | In development [GID-QS10115]

NICE is consulting on community pharmacies’ roles in promoting health and welbeing, NICE wants to hear about the 5 key areas for quality improvement which you consider as having the greatest potential to improve the quality of care in this area.

Closing date for comments: Wednesday 2 October 2019 at 5pm

Full details are available from NICE

NICE Consultation: Myalgic encephalomyelitis (or encephalopathy)/chronic fatigue syndrome: diagnosis and management

NICE | October 2020 | Myalgic encephalomyelitis (or encephalopathy)/chronic fatigue syndrome: diagnosis and management

NICE need evidence from the areas listed below for the guideline we are developing on Myalgic encephalomyelitis (or encephalopathy)/chronic fatigue syndrome:

Full details of the  consultation are available from NICE