Letters Mistrust of clinical guidelines

NICE accredits guidelines using international AGREE criteria

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4771 (Published 30 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4771
  1. Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive1,
  2. Mark Baker, director, Centre for Clinical Practice1
  1. 1National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, London SW1A 2BU, UK
  1. gillian.leng{at}nice.org.uk

Guidelines are systematically developed statements designed to inform practitioners: they are not rules. They are designed to inform patient care by bringing together all the available evidence on a particular topic, but they do not replace the need for individualised patient care and will never apply in all situations. They provide a …

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