NHS Evidence decides not to accredit British Thoracic Society as guideline developer

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 23 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5018
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

    The process used by the British Thoracic Society to develop its guidelines lacks the rigour required for the production of evidence based guidelines, concludes a draft appraisal from NHS Evidence, which recommends against accrediting the organisation as a producer of guidance. The society’s guidelines are used widely throughout the United Kingdom to guide the management of respiratory conditions.

    Sheila Edwards, the society’s chief executive, said she was disappointed by the decision and hopes that feedback that the society provided to NHS Evidence on its process of accrediting guideline developers will be taken into account when it evaluates professional organisations in the future.

    “NHS Evidence took a retrospective look at guidelines we developed several years ago and raised some valid concerns about the process used in their development,” Ms …

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