Welcome to the bpacnz guidelines

bpacnz advocates for best practice in healthcare and investigations across a wide range of health service delivery areas in New Zealand.

bpacnz holds an agreement with The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in the UK, allowing the contextualisation of guidelines for the New Zealand health sector.

Urinary incontinence in women: the management of urinary incontinence in women

Urinary incontinence (UI) is a common symptom that can affect women of all ages, with a wide range of severity and nature. While rarely life-threatening, incontinence may seriously influence the physical, psychological and social wellbeing of affected individuals. The impact on the families and carers of women with UI may be profound, and the resource implications for the health service considerable. This guideline offers best practice advice on the care of women with urinary incontinence.

Published May 2016

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Respiratory tract infections (self-limiting) – reducing antibiotic prescribing

Most people will develop an acute self-limiting respiratory tract infection (RTI) every year. These self-limiting RTIs (common colds, acute rhinosinusitis, acute otitis media, and acute cough/bronchitis) are also the commonest acute problem dealt with in primary care – the ‘bread and butter’ of daily practice. Management of some acute RTIs in the past has concentrated on advising prompt antibiotic treatment of presumptive bacterial infections intended to reduce the incidence of suppurative complications. However, much of the historically high volume of prescribing to prevent complications may be inappropriate.

Following a review of the evidence, a NICE Guideline Development Group (GDG) produced a simple, practical guideline for antibiotic prescribing for some common, acute, uncomplicated, self-limiting RTIs, with recommendations for targeting of antibiotics. The guideline includes suggestions for safe methods of implementing alternatives to an immediate antibiotic prescription – including the ‘delayed’ antibiotic prescription.

Published November 2015

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No guidelines currently in development