A new online tool bringing together all connected NICE guidance on a particular topic has been launched this week.
NICE Pathways features an electronic flowchart that allows users to quickly view and navigate NICE guidance and other tools on any given topic across an entire care pathway. Previously there has been no easy way to see at a glance everything NICE offers on a specific condition, across all its separate published guidance.
The 18 pathways launched today cover 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.
The pathways cover the whole range of NICE advice, including health technology appraisals, clinical guidelines, public health and social care advice, quality standards and implementation tools. Users do not need to understand how NICE classifies its guidance to read everything NICE has said on a particular topic.
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."