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What's the evidence that NICE guidance has been implemented?: Authors' reply

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7499.1085-a (Published 05 May 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1085
  1. Trevor A Sheldon, professor (tas5@york.ac.uk)
  1. Department of Health Sciences, University of York, York YO10 5DD

    EDITOR—Tilley et al are incorrect in asserting that we said that our findings indicated a diffusion of guidance from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) into clinical dental practice. To the contrary, we said that the guidance for wisdom teeth was published during a long downward trend in the extraction rate and did not have a discernible additional effect.

    The more disaggregated analysis of Scottish data they provide is interesting in showing that one kind of extraction went down …

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