Recommendations are made in the absence of any good treatmentsBMJ 2017; 358 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j3975 (Published 30 August 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3975
- David Colquhoun, research professor
- University College London, London WC1E 6BT, UK
Heneghan and colleagues discuss the need for better clinical guidelines.1 One problem with guidelines is that in very many cases no good treatment exists, yet recommendations are still made.
A good example is non-specific low back pain—the 2009 guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care …