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Online knowledge support tool with over 250 evidence-based clinical care maps covering all major areas of healthcare.
The Royal College of Physicians has been working with Map of Medicine since 2008, reviewing and adding practice based knowledge to a selection of medical care pathways. It is a web-based knowledge support tool that has over 250 evidence-based clinical care maps covering all major areas of healthcare. The software is available for use by any NHS clinician, free at the point of care and is seen as an implementation route for clinical management guidelines (including NICE guidance) and other good practice tools. The RCP will continue to work with the Map of Medicine until at least 2014 on 49 pathways across a variety of specialties.
What is the Map of Medicine?
The Map of Medicine is the ideal starting point for defining and communicating services. It is a collection of evidence-based, practice informed care pathways which connect all the knowledge and services around a clinical condition. The Map can be customised to reflect local service needs by clinicians looking to support clinical decision and by commissioners to deliver real benefits through new care pathways. Over 150 organisations have localised more than 1,400 care pathways.
The Map of Medicine is a recognised authority as a reference source. Care pathways are based on searches of over 170 sources of guidance and 7,000 journals, one of which is the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), to describe a complete clinical pathway. All sources are quality-assured by the Map. The Map also goes beyond the evidence to include practice-based knowledge from those with front-line clinical experience. No other care pathways aggregate knowledge in such a comprehensive manner.
Care maps are regularly reviewed by RCP fellows and members, who form groups within their specialty remit, adding practice-informed knowledge where needed. When complete these are peer reviewed by our Joint Specialty Committees, which comprise representation from specialty societies, giving those societies the opportunity to contribute.
The RCP's work with the Map of Medicine will continue until at least 2014 on 49 pathways across a variety of specialties. Details of those care maps which are accredited by the RCP, along with links to the care maps themselves, can be found below.
How do you access the Map of Medicine?
- Browse the national maps on Map of Medicine (registration necessary but free access)
- Access to local maps on Map of Medicine is available by logging in - depending on where a user is based, their login arrangements may be different.
- Members of the public can access Map of Medicine Healthguides on the NHS Choices website or by visiting: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Pages/hub.aspx
The RCP is one of the colleges and clinical societies that accredit the clinical content of Map of Medicine care maps.
If you would like further information please contact the Project Manager, Mandie Macdonald by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or on her direct line: 020 3075 1607.
Access a list of evidence maps by specialty
Map of Medicine care pathways (registration required) show you the ideal, evidence-based patient journey for common and important conditions. The RCP accredits the following:
|Care map||Specialty||Date of expiry|
|Abnormal liver tests||Hepatology||29 February 2016|
|Acute kidney injury||Renal medicine||31 May 2016|
|Alcohol dependence, withdrawal and liver disease||Hepatology||28 February 2015|
|Assessment of sexually transmitted infections||Infectious diseases / genitourinary medicine||28 February 2015|
|Asthma in adults||Respiratory medicine||29 February 2016|
|Bradyarrhythmias||Cardiology||28 February 2014|
|Chronic kidney disease||Renal medicine||31 May 2015|
|Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)||Respiratory medicine||28 February 2015|
|Clostridium difficile||Infectious diseases||31 August 2014|
|Community-acquired pneumonia||Respiratory medicine||31 August 2016|
|Crohn's disease||Gastroenterology||31 August 2016|
|Death and bereavement||Palliative medicine||30 November 2013|
|Diabetes||Endocrinology||31 August 2016|
|Dyslipidaemia||Cardiology||28 February 2015|
|End-of-life care||Palliative medicine||31 August 2016|
|Falls in elderly people||Geriatric medicine||29 February 2016|
|Headache in adults||Neurology||29 February 2016|
|HIV||Genitourinary Medicine||30 November 2015|
|Influenza||Infectious diseases||30 November 2013|
|Irritable bowel syndrome||Gastroenterology||30 November 2014|
|Meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)||Infectious diseases||30 November 2014|
|Obesity in adults||Nutrition / general medicine||28 February 2015|
|Osteoporosis||Diabetes and endocrinology||31 May 2016|
|Pleural effusion||Respiratory medicine||31 May 2016|
|Pulmonary embolism||Respiratory medicine||31 May 2016|
|Rheumatoid arthritis||Rheumatology||30 November 2015|
|Smoking cessation||Respiratory medicine||30 November 2015|
|Stable angina||Cardiology||31 August 2015|
|Stroke and transient ischaemic attack||Neurology||31 May 2016|
|Thyroid disorders||Diabetes and Endocrinology||31 May 2015|
|Tuberculosis (TB)||Infectious diseases||30 November 2013|
|Ulcerative colitits||Gastroenterology||31 August 2015|
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