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Finding information for Pharmacy

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NICE / NHS resources

The NHS and National Institute for Health and Care Excellence are excellent sources of reliable material on health topics.  In turn, the material they select will be reliable and authoritative.  Activities further down this page. 

  1. NHS.UK has information for the general public.   Information on health, medicines and NHS services. Lay person's language, emphasis on prevention.  See "Behind the headlines" for the background on current health news items
  2. Remember that evidence-basing is key to medicine today. Sackett (1997) has a useful definition and short introduction to the topic. 



Sackett, D.L. (1997)  'Evidence based medicine', Seminars in Perinatology, 21 (1), pp. 3-5. doi:

1. NHS.UK Activity

Look up "antibiotics" on "NHS UK" and look for the Overview section.

Find at least two conditions where antibiotics are no longer routinely used. 

2. Evidence Search Activity

Go to the Evidence Search homepage and search for antibiotic prescribing.

Use the Guidance filter on the left.

Note 2-3 of the different conditions for which antibiotic prescribing is used.

What other term is often used for antibiotic?

3. Clinical Knowledge Summaries (CKS) Activity

Go to CKS and search for "antibiotics"- use the search bar at the top of the page. 

There is an "antiobotic associated" condition which should be at or near the top: what is this?

NB: Clinical Knowledge Summaries is based around conditions, diseases and their management in Primary Care.  Use of different drug treatments is part of this management and the scenarios described.

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