App review: NICE Guidance

Useful quick reference to NICE guidelines - 3/5 stars

Nurses and health professionals can now access guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) while on the move. 

A smartphone app called NICE Guidance is the first to contain authoritative, evidence-based public health guidelines on the most effective way to diagnose, treat and prevent disease and ill health. Topics that can be browsed include safe staffing for nurses, vulnerable population groups, communicable diseases and smoking cessation.

The free app contains all NICE guidelines, organised by clinical and public health topics, such as those on COPD, hypertension, strokes, chronic heart failure, atrial fibrillation, head injuries, depression, ovarian cancer, UTI in children, anxiety and autism.

It automatically receives updates and new guidance as soon as it is published on the NICE website. Particularly helpful is a 'new and updated' section with new content shown in red, with the date when it was added. Examples of new guidelines include oral health for adults in care homes and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Users can bookmark sections for easy access and a viewing history helps locate previously viewed articles. 

One drawback is that a large file of 100mb needs to be downloaded onto your phone, which takes time and might incur data charges unless using Wi-Fi. While there are no visuals, it is a mine of information that should be useful to all nurses and healthcare professionals, although it drew mixed reviews from early users. 

The app can also be used on tablet devices such as iPads.

Reviewed by Layla Haidrani


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