NICE launches Pathways online tool
NICE has launched a new online tool for health and social care professionals which, for the first time, brings together all connected NICE guidance on a topic in a user-friendly electronic flowchart.
Previously, there has been no easy way to see at a glance everything NICE has said on a specific condition across all its separate published guidance.
Unveiled today at the annual conference in Birmingham, this digital resource will allow users to quickly view and navigate NICE guidance and other tools on any given topic across an entire care pathway. For example, the postnatal care pathway considers everything from the baby's first 24 hours up until the first 2 - 8 weeks.
A total of 18 pathways have been launched today covering alcohol-use disorders, anaemia management in chronic kidney disease, breast cancer, chronic heart failure, chronic kidney disease (CKD), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), dementia, depression, diabetes, diabetes in pregnancy, diet, glaucoma, neonatal jaundice, physical activity, postnatal care, smoking, stroke, and venous thromboembolism (VTE) prevention.
Covering the whole range of different types of NICE advice, including health technology appraisals, clinical guidelines, public health and social care advice, quality standards and implementation tools, this is part of a wider move to provide a more personalised, audience-focused way of looking at NICE guidance.
Users do not need to understand how NICE classifies its guidance to read everything NICE has said on a particular topic. They will now be able to easily select the sections of guidance they need.
This new resource will also greatly facilitate access to NICE guidance for commissioners, who need to commission care across a whole pathway.
Individual pathways also link to other related pathways - for example the diet pathway links with the physical activity pathway. NICE Pathways will continue to develop by including more content and more topics as new NICE guidance is published and by adding new features such as linking to the evidence behind NICE recommendations.
Dr Gillian Leng, NICE Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer for NHS Evidence, said: “NICE Pathways is for anyone who needs to use NICE guidance. Starting with a broad overview allows the user to explore in increasing detail NICE recommendations and advice.
“For example, you may be interested in finding out what NICE has said on stroke. There might be technology appraisal guidance, clinical guidelines and perhaps a quality standard as well. NICE Pathways will connect all of this advice together in one place.
“NICE Pathways will provide a useful starting point for users new to a topic, while giving specialists confidence that they are up to date with everything NICE has recommended.”
10 May 2011