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Monitoring diabetes before, during and after pregnancy

Hyperglycaemia during pregnancy is associated with a range of adverse outcomes which can affect both mother and child, and can occur during pregnancy, childbirth or later in life. View Article

A pragmatic guide to asymptomatic bacteriuria and testing for urinary tract infections (UTIs) in people aged over 65 years

Asymptomatic bacteriuria and urinary tract infections (UTIs) frequently occur in people aged over 65 years. View Article

Is it ok to stop antibiotics when symptoms resolve?

Traditionally, clinicians and health authorities advocate that patients should complete their full course of antibiotics as prescribed, even when their symptoms have improved, to prevent relapse of... View Article

The role of prophylactic antibiotics for preventing infective endocarditis in people undergoing dental or other minor procedures

Infective endocarditis is a relatively rare infection of the inner layer of the heart’s valves and chambers. View Article

Cellulitis: skin deep and spreading across New Zealand

Adults and children with uncomplicated cellulitis can usually be managed in the community if they are clinically stable. View Article

Debate: Do you prescribe antibiotics for respiratory tract infections? An everyday conundrum in general practice

Appropriate prescribing of antibiotics for patients with respiratory tract infections... View Article

Latest News

Surprise ministerial announcement: The Integrated Performance and Incentive Framework (IPIF) new measures are on hold Minister of Health, Dr Jonathan Coleman, made a surprise announcement at the Primary Care Symposium in Wellington earlier this month.

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Looking for a report? Prescribers can log-in to My bpac (or create a free account) to access individual prescribing or laboratory testing reports. Once you have logged-in, click on “My documents” in your account dashboard to see your available reports.

New Use of Hypnotics

Seasonal influenza vaccines are now available The Ministry of Health has announced that the first shipments of the two subsidised seasonal influenza vaccines for 2015, Influvac and Fluarix, have been sent to providers who pre-ordered the vaccines. View Article

Important message to readers. As a result of a change in funding arrangements there will be some differences to Best Practice Journal over the coming months. The Best Practice Journal will continue to be freely available online, but there will be changes to the hard copy version between now and June, 2015.

During this period of time we will be assessing the demand for retaining a print edition of BPJ, and investigating options for funding this.

Read more about the changes

Peer Group Discussions In an ongoing series, we look back at the key messages and practice points from selected articles in Best Practice Journals.