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  1. Heavy menstrual bleeding (QS47)

    This quality standard covers assessing and managing heavy menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia), including suspected or confirmed fibroids and adenomyosis. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  2. Decision making and mental capacity (QS194)

    This quality standard covers decision making in people aged 16 and over, using health and social care services who may lack capacity to make their own decisions (now or in the future). It aims to support implementation of the aims and principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and relevant Codes of Practice. It is not a substitute for these.

  3. Acute coronary syndromes in adults (QS68)

    This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing acute coronary syndromes in adults (aged 18 and over). Acute coronary syndromes are medical emergencies that include myocardial infarction (heart attack) and unstable angina (unexpected, severe chest pain). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  4. Suspected neurological conditions: recognition and referral (QS198)

    This quality standard covers assessing and referring children (under 16) and adults (16 and over) who have symptoms or signs associated with neurological conditions. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  5. Abortion care (QS199)

    This quality standard covers care for women of any age (including girls and young women under 18) who request an abortion. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  6. Community pharmacies: promoting health and wellbeing (QS196)

    This quality standard covers how community pharmacies can support the health and wellbeing of the local population. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  7. Faltering growth (QS197)

    This quality standard covers recognising and managing faltering growth in babies (aged up to 1 year) and preschool children (aged over 1 year). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  8. Venous thromboembolism in adults: diagnosis and management (QS29)

    This quality standard covers diagnosing and treating venous thromboembolism (VTE) in adults. VTE includes deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  9. Sepsis (QS161)

    This quality standard covers the recognition, diagnosis and early management of sepsis for all populations. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  10. Renal and ureteric stones (QS195)

    This quality standard covers assessing and managing renal and ureteric stones in children, young people and adults. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  11. Caesarean birth (QS32)

    This quality standard covers the care of women who are considering having or may need to have a caesarean birth, including those who have had a caesarean birth in the past. It includes decision making, reducing the risk of complications and care after a caesarean birth. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  12. Postnatal care (QS37)

    This quality standard covers routine postnatal care for women and their babies (and their partners and families, if appropriate). This includes feeding support, advice on safe sleeping, and recognising and managing health problems in women and their babies. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  13. Supporting adult carers (QS200)

    This quality standard covers the provision of support for adults aged 18 or over who provide unpaid care for 1 or more people aged 16 or over with health and social care needs. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  14. Specialist neonatal respiratory care for babies born preterm (QS193)

    This quality standard covers neonatal respiratory support in hospital for babies born preterm (before 37 weeks of pregnancy). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  15. Do the direct anterior, direct superior and supercapsular percutaneously assisted (SuperPATH) approaches to hip replacement improve patient-recorded outcome measures and reduce length of hospital stays, revision rates, neurological complications and surgical site infections compared with the posterior and anterolateral approaches?

    Recommendation ID NG157/11 Question Do the direct anterior, direct superior and supercapsular percutaneously assisted (SuperPATH) approaches

  16. Further research is recommended to assess the diagnostic yield of the BioMonitor 2‑AF and Confirm Rx (or later devices) for atrial fibrillation when used in people who have had a cryptogenic stroke. The committee noted that existing ongoing research may provide further data for these devices (see  section 3.51   and  section 4.19 ).

    Recommendation ID DG41/1 Question Further research is recommended to assess the diagnostic yield of the BioMonitor 2‑AF and Confirm Rx

  17. NICE encourages further research into implanted vagus nerve stimulation for treatment-resistant depression, in the form of randomised controlled trials with a placebo or sham stimulation arm. Studies should report details of patient selection. Outcomes should include validated depression rating scales, patient-reported quality of life, time to onset of effect and duration of effect, and any changes in concurrent treatments.

    Recommendation ID IPG679/1 Question NICE encourages further research into implanted vagus nerve stimulation for treatment-resistant depression