What's the evidence that NICE guidance has been implemented?: Author's reply

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7499.1086-a (Published 05 May 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1086
  1. Nick Freemantle (N.Freemantle@bham.ac.uk), professor of clinical epidemiology and biostatistics
  1. University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT

    EDITOR—Despite a spirited defence of the effectiveness of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), the facts as described by Rawlins and Dillon do not add up. Using appropriate quasi experimental methods, Sheldon et al failed to identify good evidence that NICE has had an important impact on clinical practice, at least for the appraisals that they included in their review.1

    This point seems to …

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