Arthritic patients should have their condition treated with pain relief or physiotherapy for at least three months before being considered for a hip or knee replacement, a series of new reports from Hiqa recommends.

Arthritic patients should have their condition treated with pain relief or physiotherapy for at least three months before being considered for (...)

 Dr Máirín Ryan, director of health technology assessment in Hiqa.

Hiqa has recommended new thresholds for nine common hand and back conditions which it says, if implemented, will help tackle waiting lists for outpati(...)

Minister for Health Dr James Reilly: has received Hiqa’s report on referral and treatment guidelines. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Health Information and Quality Authority says referral and treatment guidelines should be introduced for common scheduled procedures. (...)

DIT students  at the Spire in Dublin during a “Bra Walk” in aid of Action Breast Cancer last year. Breast cancer is the most common invasive cancer diagnosed in women in Ireland and the second most common cause of cancer death in women.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish  Times

Annual surveillance should be provided for women under 50 years of age who are at a higher risk of breast cancer due to a genetic predispositio(...)