NICE clinical guidelines: Health economics must engage with complexity of issues

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7465.572 (Published 02 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:572
  1. Martin Eccles, professor of clinical effectiveness (martin.eccles@newcastle.ac.uk)
  1. Centre for Health Services Research, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4AA

    EDITOR—Wailoo et al are confused about the issues of incorporating economic considerations in clinical guidelines.1 Several publications directly and usefully address the issues of incorporating economic perspectives into guidelines.25

    The primary purpose of clinical guidelines is to inform clinicians' decisions with regard to patients, with a wider readership of interested parties, such as managers. Such guidance is not …

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