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NICE and its value judgments: Utilitarian values are inadequate

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 23 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:740
  1. William House, general practitioner (,
  2. David Peters, trustee, British Holistic Medical Association
  1. St Augustine's Practice, Keynsham, Bristol BS31 2BN
  2. School of Integrated Health, Euston Building, University of Westminster, London W1W 6UW

    EDITOR—The values of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) turn out to be utilitarian and economic.1 Predictably, NICE's attempt to use them to generate advice to professionals for achieving the highest attainable standard of care often founders on the narrowness of perspective. High quality care demands an understanding …

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