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The American Heart Association
The American Heart Association (AHA) is a useful source of advice on the investigation and management of cardiovascular disease.
The British Thoracic Society
The British Thoracic Society (BTS) produce some very useful guidelines for the management of respiratory disorders. The site also contains some good learning material (particularly on asthma and COPD) as well as careers advice.
Life Support (Resuscitation) Guidelines
You need to know these!
The Basic and Adult Life Support protocols are both 'must knows' for finals (and being a doctor!). As these change from time-to-time, please use the links below to go directly to the Resusciation Council (UK) website for the latest guidelines:
What is NICE?
The UK's National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is an independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance on the promotion of good health and the prevention and treatment of ill health. NICE regularly publish guidelines on topics related to public health, health technologies and clinical practice. In recent times, NICE has increasingly found itself at the centre of debates surrounding the recommendation (or rather lack of recommendation) for newer, more expensive treatments. With finite funding available, the role of NICE is not an easy one; consequently, it has often been dubbed by some as the 'National Instutute of Cost Effectiveness'.
DSM IV Criteria:
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) is one of the definitive guides to guidelines for various Psychiatric disorders. It can be quite hard to actually find the content of this manual online (and to be honest you probably don't want to read the whole thing anyway), but extracts from it are useful to know (for example the DSM-IV criteria for depression, etc.).