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NICE recommendations have had little effect on multiple sclerosis services five years on

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a734 (Published 08 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a734
  1. Lisa Hitchen
  1. 1London

    Nearly two thirds of patients with multiple sclerosis in England and Wales are unable to access neurological rehabilitation services, an audit shows.

    The Royal College of Physicians of London and the MS Trust surveyed 1300 people with the condition, 127 acute NHS hospital trusts, 140 primary care trusts and local health boards, and seven strategic health authorities and regional offices during January and February 2008. Questions were based on guidelines for managing the illness from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

    Only 36% of patients with multiple sclerosis in England and 31% …

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