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NICE guidance should consider lifestyle only if it influences effectiveness

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 15 December 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1423
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    Age and lifestyle factors that may have caused disease should not influence guidance on the use of healthcare interventions unless they are likely to affect the effectiveness of the intervention. This is a conclusion of a report published last week by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), which advises on the use of treatments in the NHS in England and Wales.

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