The Review Body for Interventional Procedures (ReBIP) was a joint venture between the Health Services Research Unit and Health Services Research at the University of Sheffield (http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/rebip/). ReBIP supported the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) Interventional Procedures Programme (IPP). An interventional procedure was defined as procedure used for the diagnosis or the treatment of a medical condition involving one of the following:
- making a cut or a hole to gain access to the inside of a patient's body - for example, when carrying out an operation or inserting a tube into a blood vessel.
- gaining access to a body cavity (such as the digestive system, lungs, womb or bladder) without cutting into the body - for example, examining or carrying out treatment on the inside of the stomach using an instrument inserted via the mouth.
- using electromagnetic radiation (which includes X-rays, lasers, gamma-rays and ultraviolet light) - for example, using a laser to treat eye problems.
The Interventional Procedures Advisory Committee (IPAC) was responsible for advising NICE on the safety and efficacy of interventional procedures. When IPAC considered that there was uncertainty regarding the safety and efficacy of a procedure, the use of which was likely to become significant in clinical practice, ReBIP was commissioned to undertake a systematic review of the evidence.
A list of procedures assessed within the ReBIP project can be found in the HSRU website.
Examples of systematic reviews and registers include:
- Systematic review of the efficacy and safety of using mesh or grafts in surgery for uterine or vaginal vault prolapse;
- Systematic review of the efficacy and safety of using mesh or grafts in surgery for anterior and/or posterior vaginal wall prolapse; and
- Systematic review of the safety and efficacy of foam sclerotherapy for venous disease of the lower limbs.
- Uterine Artery Embolisation for Fibroids. On behalf of ReBIP, HSRU facilitated a web-based register for data collection on all women undergoing this procedure in the UK.
For further information on the current NICE Interventional Procedures programme please see: http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ip/index.jsp
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