This website is designed for use by General Practitioners and other healthcare professionals. The information here is intended to support clinical judgement and shared decision making alongside clinical guidelines and standard practice.

If you are a patient/member of the public, do feel free to look around, but please don't make any changes to your treatments based on information here. If you find something which seems relevant to you, you could show this website to your healthcare professional to help a discussion.

Content on this website is checked thoroughly to ensure as far as possible that it is factually accurate and supported by research evidence. IPCRG provides referenced information as appropriate. Publications produced by IPCRG are conceived and approved by qualified healthcare professionals. Publications supported by IPCRG are produced by, or in conjunction with, other healthcare organisations. However, all information produced by the IPCRG is intended to be of an advisory nature only. It is intended for general use and should not be regarded as applicable to a specific case. In particular please note:

  • this site is intended for use by healthcare professionals only and not for non-medically qualified members of the general public;
  • nothing on this site is intended to provide personal medical advice or replace the advice of an individual’s physician;
  • nothing on this site may be regarded as clinical guidance or diagnosis;
  • items on this site may represent the views or findings of individual contributors and must not be regarded, unless specifically identified as such, as being the position of IPCRG.

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What information we collect about you

We may collect any or all of the information that you give us depending on the type of transaction you enter into, including your name, address, telephone number, and email address, together with data about your use of the website. Other information that may be needed from time to time to process a request may also be collected as indicated on the website.

Information use

We use the information collected primarily to process the task for which you visited the website. Data collected in the UK is held in accordance with the Data Protection Act. All reasonable precautions are taken to prevent unauthorised access to this information. This safeguard may require you to provide additional forms of identity should you wish to obtain information about your account details.


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