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The impact of 2013 UK NICE guidelines on the management of varicose veins at the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, UK.

Davies, Huw Ob and Popplewell, Matthew and Bate, Gareth and Kelly, Lisa and Darvall, Katy and Bradbury, Andrew W (2016) The impact of 2013 UK NICE guidelines on the management of varicose veins at the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, UK. Phlebology, 31 (9). pp. 612-6. ISSN 1758-1125.

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE

Although varicose veins are a common cause of morbidity, the UK National Health Service and private medical insurers have previously sought to ration their treatment in a non-evidence based manner in order to limit health-care expenditure and reimbursement. In July 2013, the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published new national Clinical Guidelines (CG168) to promote evidence-based commissioning and management of varicose veins. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of CG168 on the referral and management of varicose veins at the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, UK.

METHODS

Interrogation of a prospectively gathered database, provided by the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust Performance Unit, of patients undergoing interventions for varicose veins since 1 January 2012. Patients treated before (group 1) and after (group 2) publication of CG168 were compared.

RESULTS

There were 253 patients, 286 legs (48% male, mean (range) age 54 (20-91) years) treated in group 1, and 417 patients, 452 legs, (46% male, mean (range) age 54 (14-90) years) treated in group 2, an increase of 65%. CG168 was associated with a significant reduction in the use of surgery (131 patients (52%) group 1 vs. 127 patients (30%) group 2, p = 0.0003, χ(2)), no change in endothermal ablation (30 patients (12%) group 1 vs. 45 patients (11%) group 2), a significant increase in ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy (92 patients (36%) group 1 and 245 patients (59%) group 2, p = 0.0001, χ(2)) and an increase in treatment for C2/3 disease (53% group 1 and 65.2% group 2, p = 0.0022, χ(2)).

CONCLUSIONS

Publication of National Institute for Health and Care Excellence CG168 has been associated with a significant increase (65%) in the number of patients treated, referral at an earlier (CEAP C) stage and increased use of endovenous treatment. CG 168 has been highly effective in improving access to, and quality of care, for varicose veins at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WG Cardiovascular system. Cardiology
Divisions: Planned IP Care > Vascular
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Depositing User: Mr Philip O'Reilly
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2017 11:55
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2017 11:55
URI: http://www.repository.heartofengland.nhs.uk/id/eprint/1290

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