Guidelines for the diagnosis and management of asthma: a look at the key differences between BTS/SIGN and NICE

John White, James Paton, Robert Niven, Hilary Pinnock On behalf of the British Thoracic Society The British Thoracic Society first produced a guideline on asthma and its management in 1990. The first collaborative guideline with the Scottish Intercollegiate Guideline Network (SIGN) using evidence-based medicine methodology was published in 2003 (1). It has since become a […]

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IVOST-ing, and Mycoplasma

The verbalising of nouns is an insidious threat to modern civilisation, some would have us believe. Things are ‘actioned’, when the already existing verb, ‘to do’, would seem perfectly suitable. Adjectives seem to be replacing adverbs: the triathlon magazines I read each month promise to tell me how to ‘run fast’, or how to descend […]

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