NICE says that patients' age should affect treatment

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 12 May 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1102
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    The age of patients should be considered in assessing the potential benefits and risks of healthcare interventions, according to a consultation document from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), which advises on the use of treatments in the NHS in England and Wales.

    The consultation report was designed to clarify the social value judgments—defined as ethical principles, preferences, culture, and aspirations—that should be used by NICE in conjunction with clinical judgments in deciding what the NHS should provide.

    The report proposed that age should be taken …

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