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NICE clinical guidelines: Account of guideline development was inadequate

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7465.571-a (Published 02 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:571
  1. Stephen Pilling, co-director (s.pilling@ucl.ac.uk)
  1. National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health CORE, Department of Psychology, University College London, London WC1 7HB

    EDITOR—Wailoo et al raise important issues but misunderstand aspects of the NICE programme.1 They criticise the “confusion” between the views of society and those of patients. Guideline development groups are not confused; health economics are fully considered and not rated second best. Wailoo et al imply that the focus on efficacy arises because guideline development groups consist substantially of senior clinicians with special interests. This is inaccurate. Guideline development groups contain such clinicians but …

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