NICE replies to claim that its guidance on place of birth falls short of neutralityBMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h621 (Published 11 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h621
- Susan Bewley, professor of complex obstetrics and chair, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence intrapartum care update guideline development group1,
- Mark Baker, director, Centre for Clinical Practice2,
- Christine Carson, programme director for clinical guidelines2
- 1Women’s Health Academic Centre, St Thomas’ Hospital, London SEI 7EH, UK
- 2National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, London, UK
We wish to correct O’Brien and colleagues’ misapprehensions about a BMJ headline that they misquote,1 2 which was not derived from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) intrapartum care guideline or press release. They are also mistaken about the meta-analysis (and its published erratum),3 which was considered and excluded, while its individual studies were appraised individually for inclusion. They quote selectively rather than present the whole picture, as NICE recommends. Further detailed rebuttal can be found online.
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