Letters

NICE responds to criticism of hypertension guidelines

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7486.309 (Published 03 February 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:309
  1. Peter Littlejohns, clinical director (Peter.littlejohns@nice.nhs.uk),
  2. Gillian Leng, implementation systems director,
  3. Andrea Sutcliffe, planning and resources director
  1. National Institute for Clinical Excellence, London WC1V 6NA
  2. National Institute for Clinical Excellence, London WC1V 6NA

    EDITOR—In recent years many clinical guidelines on hypertension have been published. While recommendations have often varied, hypertension guidelines share two features: all have generated controversy and been poorly implemented. Recent criticisms of hypertension guidelines by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE)1 and the British Hypertension Society (BHS),2 show that the first phenomenon is continuing to happen. Can …

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