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NICE: guessing is not guidance
  1. P A Poole-Wilson
  1. Correspondence to:
    Professor Poole-Wilson, Cardiac Medicine, National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College School of Medicine, Imperial College, Dovehouse Street, London SW3 6LY, UK;


A preliminary assessment of the extent to which the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) has achieved its goals within cardiovascular medicine is presented. NICE is a government sponsored agency operating in the UK which attempts to assess the value of medical therapies, devices, and surgery for a wide range of medical and surgical problems. Its recommendations determine whether a particular therapy can be adopted in the National Health Service.

  • National Institute for Clinical Evidence
  • stents
  • implantable cardioverter-defibrillators
  • glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitors

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  • This article first appeared as a data supplement to the Heart website in May 2001.