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Antimicrobial stewardship: Systems and processes for effective antimicrobial medicine use within human health and healthcare in New Zealand

November 2017

Antibiotic awareness week: a time to reflect on how we prescribe

This week (13th – 19th November) marks world antibiotic awareness...

November 2017

Suicide prevention: what can primary care do to make a difference?

"The most critical elements in helping those with suicidal ideation...

November 2017

The role of medicines in the management of depression in primary care

A selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) is usually the...

October 2017

I dream of sleep: managing insomnia in adults - Part 1

bpacnz recognises that the assessment and management of insomnia...

October 2017

I dream of sleep: managing insomnia in adults - Part 2

bpacnz recognises that the assessment and management of insomnia...

October 2017

Clinical Audit: Reviewing the use of anticoagulants in patients with atrial fibrillation

This audit helps primary care health professionals optimise...

September 2017

Report: Dabigatran Monitoring, An Update

This report provides an update on the use and monitoring of...

September 2017

Cardiovascular Theme Peer Group Discussion

The following questions can be used as discussion points for...

September 2017

Clozapine: safe prescribing

In 2014, bpacnz published an article on the safer prescribing...

September 2017

Prescribing statins to reduce cardiovascular risk

Lowering lipid levels should be viewed as one aspect of reducing...

September 2017

Helping patients with epilepsy adhere to their medicines

People with epilepsy require good adherence to anti-epileptic...

September 2017

Go low or no?
Managing blood pressure in primary care

There is much debate as to whether intensive blood pressure...

August 2017

An update on managing patients with atrial fibrillation

Most patients with atrial fibrillation can be managed in primary...

August 2017

The safe and effective use of dabigatran and warfarin in primary care

Patients taking oral anticoagulants require appropriate management...

August 2017

Hepatitis C: you can’t treat it if you don’t test for it

Approximately half of people with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection...

August 2017

Beta-blockers for cardiovascular conditions: one size does not fit all patients

Metoprolol succinate accounts for almost three-quarters of the...

July 2017

Antibiotics: choices for common infections

The following information is a consensus guide. It is intended...

July 2017

The bpacnz antibiotic guide: 2017 edition

The 2017 edition of the bpacnz antibiotics guide; "Antibiotics:...

July 2017

Could improvement science be the game changer for quality improvement in primary care?

With increasing health care costs, an ageing population, new...

June 2017

Clinical Audit: Optimising asthma management in high risk patients

This audit helps primary care health professionals identify...

June 2017

Report: Asthma medicines in adults

How does your prescribing compare to that of your peers? Consider...

June 2017

Respiratory Theme Peer Group Discussion

The following questions can be used as discussion points for...

May 2017

Pulmonary rehabilitation for people with COPD

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a behavioural intervention for patients...

May 2017

4% dimethicone lotion: a subsidised treatment for head lice

From 1 May, 2017, 4% dimethicone lotion can be prescribed fully...

May 2017

Bronchiolitis: when to reassure and monitor, and when to refer

Bronchiolitis is a lower respiratory tract infection, most often...

April 2017

Managing adults with asthma in primary care: the four-stage consultation

The New Zealand adult asthma guidelines were released by the...

April 2017

Inhaled corticosteroids for adults with asthma

A key decision in asthma management is when to initiate an inhaled...

April 2017

Adding a long-acting beta2-agonist (LABA) to asthma treatment for adults

If a patient using an inhaled corticosteroid for asthma has...

April 2017

Seasonal influenza vaccination update: 2017

Immunisation against influenza has begun for the 2017 season....

March 2017

Prescribing topical medicines for skin infection

Resistance to fusidic acid is increasing because this topical...

February 2017

Topical antibiotics for skin infections: should they be prescribed at all?

Clinical indications for the use of topical antibiotics are continuing...

February 2017

Topical antibiotics for skin infections: when are they appropriate?

In the community, many patients have skin and soft tissue infections...

February 2017

1. Chronic plaque psoriasis: an overview of treatment in primary care

Most patients with psoriasis have chronic plaque psoriasis,...

February 2017

3. Monitoring patients with moderate to severe psoriasis

Patients with moderate to severe psoriasis are usually managed...

February 2017

2. Choosing a topical treatment for patients with chronic plaque psoriasis

Finding a treatment that works for patients may require trial...

February 2017

Prescribing isotretinoin for patients with acne in primary care

Isotretinoin is recommended for patients with moderate acne...

January 2017

How to use fluorouracil and imiquimod for non-melanoma skin cancer in a general practice setting

Fluorouracil and imiquimod creams are fully subsidised topical...

January 2017

Childhood eczema: improving adherence to treatment basics

Emollients form the basis of treatment for all patients with...

December 2016

Topical corticosteroids for childhood eczema: clearing up the confusion

Topical corticosteroids are one of the key medicines used in...

December 2016

Access to HPV vaccine widened

The human papillomavirus virus (HPV) vaccine reduces the incidence...

November 2016

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