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Medical Treatments: Side Effects

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL8829, tabled on 20 June 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O'Shaughnessy on 19 June (HL8366), what means are available for reporting and recording adverse health events resulting from non-pharmacological treatments such as graded exercise therapy or cognitive behavioural therapy on a similar basis to those for reporting adverse events to pharmacological treatments through the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency's Yellow Card Scheme.

Answered on

4 July 2018

The Yellow Card Scheme includes a facility to report suspected adverse incidents associated with products used in psychological treatments. In addition, in guideline development, when reviewing the evidence relating to interventions, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s guideline development committees will take into account any adverse outcomes that are reported, alongside the clinical and cost-effectiveness.

Patients are able to raise concerns about such treatments directly with a healthcare professional, by raising a concern with the healthcare provider or by making a complaint.

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Department of Health and Social Care