New SIGN guidelines published

The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) has recently published three major guidelines of potential interest – their first new ones since August 2012.SIGN Logo

Available free to download from the SIGN website, they cover:

‘Brain injury rehabilitation in adults’ (SIGN 130);
‘Management of schizophrenia’ (SIGN 131); and
‘Long term follow up of childhood survivors of cancer’ (SIGN 132)

The brain injury rehabilitation guideline provides recommendations about post-acute assessment for adults over 16 years of age with brain injuries and interventions for cognitive, communicative, emotional, behavioural and physical rehabilitation. It will be of interest for people with responsibility for the management of adults with brain injuries in primary, secondary, tertiary or independent health care including specialists with expertise in rehabilitation medicine, nurses, allied health professionals, neurologists, clinical neuropsychologists, neuropsychiatrists, general practitioners and managers of rehabilitation services.

The schizophrenia guideline provides evidence based recommendations for the care and treatment of adults with schizophrenia. Mental health specialists working with people diagnosed with schizophrenia including psychiatrists, psychologists, specialist mental health nurses and occupational therapists providing health and social services will find it of particular interest. It will also be of relevance to general practitioners, pharmacists, and anyone planning mental health services at a local or national level.

SIGN 131

Lastly, the childhood survivors of cancer guideline provides recommendations on best practice in the identification, assessment and management of late effects in survivors of childhood cancer. Aimed at primary care staff who provide health care for cancer survivors, as well as secondary care and long term follow-up clinic staff,  it will be of relevance to general practitioners and other primary care practitioners, specialist nurses, oncologists, haematologists, endocrinologists, reproductive medicine specialists, cardiologists and radiation oncologists. Counsellors, psychologists, dietitians, physiotherapists and dentists may also find it useful.

So why not have a look at these resources today, derived from systematic reviews of the scientific literature, and designed to accelerate the translation of new knowledge into action and improve patient outcomes.

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