Letters NICE on childhood UTI

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BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39325.451933.3A (Published 06 September 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:463
  1. Alan R Watson, consultant paediatric nephrologist
  1. Nottingham University Hospitals, City Hospital Campus, Nottingham NG5 1PB
  1. judith.hayes{at}nuh.nhs.uk

    The guideline on urinary tract infection (UTI) in children from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) will precipitate debate, but hopefully cause less consternation than that expressed by Coulthard (previous letter). The published clinical guideline runs to 150 pages and 271 references with many systematic reviews.1 We can all quote observational studies that don't pass the scrutiny of evidence based medicine, but perhaps we should remember that the 1991 Royal College of Physicians guidelines were …

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