HEDS is part of the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at the University of Sheffield. We undertake research, teaching, training and consultancy on all aspects of health related decision science, with a particular emphasis on health economics, HTA and evidence synthesis.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

NICE vertebral fractures yes

NICE has published final guidance recommending two treatments for fractured bones in the spine (e) caused by osteoporosis.  Based on a report by the ScHARR-TAG group within HEDS, the new guidance says that percutaneous vertebroplasty and percutaneous balloon kyphoplasty are recommended as options for treating osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures only in people:
  • who have severe ongoing pain after a recent, unhealed vertebral fracture despite optimal pain management and
  • in whom the pain has been confirmed to be at the level of the fracture by physical examination and imaging. 

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