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Guidelines and Quality Standards

BTS has been at the forefront of Guideline production in respiratory medicine for the past 25 years.  The Society was awarded NICE Accreditation for its clinical guideline production process in November 2011. Accreditation is valid for five years from November 2011 and  applies to guidelines produced since July 2010. More information on accreditation can be viewed at http://www.nice.org.uk/accreditation.  

The BTS Guideline Production Manual (2013), outlines the Society's policies and processes in relation to the preparation of BTS Guidelines.

Links to BTS Guidelines and and Quality Standards and to other guidance produced by BTS and other organisations can be found via the links in the tables below.

BTS Guidelines

BTS Guidelines are available through the links in the table below.

A-Z Disease / Condition Guideline title Publication date Review date/Review outcome Status
Asthma Asthma Guideline 2012 The next update will be published in August 2014. Valid
Bronchiectasis Bronchiectasis Guideline 2010 Work will start on the update to the BTS bronchiectasis guideline in early 2014. Valid
Bronchoscopy Bronchoscopy: Advanced Diagnostic and Therapeutic Flexible Bronchoscopy in Adults 2011 Valid
Bronchoscopy Bronchoscopy: Diagnostic Flexible Bronchoscopy in Adults guideline 2013 Valid
Pneumonia adults Community Acquired Pneumonia in Adults Guideline 2009 The NICE Pneumonia Guideline is due for publication in December 2014. Valid
Pneumonia children Community Acquired Pneumonia in Children Guideline 2011 Valid
COPD COPD Guideline 2007 The NICE COPD guideline was published in 2010. Valid
Diving Diving Guideline 2003 To be reviewed in 2013/14. Valid
Emergency oxygen Emergency Oxygen Use in Adult Patients Guideline 2008 Work is underway to revise the Emeregncy Oxygen Guideline and publication is likely in late 2014/early 2015. Valid
Home oxygen adults Home Oxygen Guideline- adults 2014 The BTS Home Oxygen guideline will be published in late 2014. In Preparation
Home oxygen children Home Oxygen Guideline - children 2009 Valid
Influenza Influenza 2007 Valid
Interstitial Lung Disease Interstitial Lung Disease Guidelines 2008 The NICE IPF guideline was published in 2012 Valid
Lung Cancer Lung Cancer Guideline 2010 Valid
NIV Non-invasive Ventilation (NIV) 2008 The BTS Guideline for the ventilatory management of acute hypercapnic respiratory failure is in preparation (publication due late 2014/early 2015) Valid
NTM Non-Tuberculous Mycobacteria 2015 In preparation - due for publication in early 2015 In Preparation
Physiotherapy Physiotherapy Guideline 2009 Due for review in 2014. Valid
Pleural Disease Pleural Disease Guideline 2010 Valid
Pleural Infection Pleural Infection in Children 2005 Valid
Pulmonary Embolism Pulmonary Embolism 2012 The NICE Guideline for Venous Thromboembolic Disease was published in 2012. Valid
Pulmonary rehabilitation Pulmonary Rehabilitation Guideline 2013 This guideline will be reviewed within 5 years of publication. Valid
Neuromuscular Weakness Respiratory Management of Children with Neuromuscular Weakness Guideline
Resp tract infections Respiratory Tract Infections Guideline 2008 Valid
Smoking Cessation Smoking Cessation Guidelines 2013 Valid
TB Tuberculosis Guideline 2011 Valid
TB Renal Tuberculosis in patients with chronic kidney disease 2010 Valid

Other Guidance

A-Z Disease / Condition Title Publication date
Air travel Air Travel Recommendations 2011
Cough Adults Cough in Adults: Recommendations 2006
Cough Children Cough in Children: Recommendations 2008
Mesothelioma Mesothelioma 2007
TB TNF Tuberculosis infection and disease in patients due to start anti-TNF-α Treatment 2005

Quality Standards

Quality Standards produced by both BTS and NICE are listed in the table below.

A-Z Disease / Condition Title Publication date
Asthma Asthma Quality Standards 2013
Bronchiectasis Bronchiectasis Quality Standards 2012
COPD COPD Quality Standards 2011
Pulmonary rehabilitation Pulmonary Rehabilitation Quality Standards 2014
Neuromuscular Weakness Respiratory Management of Children with Neuromuscular Weakness Quality Standard 2014
Smoking Cessation Smoking Cessation Quality Standards 2013

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