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Guidelines for clinical guidelines should distinguish between national and local production

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 03 April 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:942
  1. J G Williams, Professor (
  1. School of Postgraduate Studies in Medical and Health Care, Morriston Hospital, Swansea SA6 6NL

    EDITOR—Jackson and Feder put forward sensible arguments for pragmatic simplicity in clinical guidelines that should be reflected in similar simplicity in guidelines for guidelines.1However, they do not distinguish between guidelines produced by reputable national bodies and those that have been adapted from others for local use.

    Nationally produced guidelines must be rigorously developed and …

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