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NICE Taxonomy (subject encoding scheme)

The NICE taxonomy is a classification scheme providing a consistent language across NICE to support website navigation and the efficient search and retrieval of information. NICE uses it to classify all website content, including NICE guidance.

The taxonomy covers:

  • illness and conditions
  • public health topics
  • treatments and procedures
  • including drug treatments, diagnostic therapeutic and surgical procedures
  • people and populations
  • health specialities
  • settings

It currently contains over 1700 terms, including synonyms. All terms are hierarchically arranged under 10 top level terms (5 of them are listed above). The taxonomy is multi-hierarchical, which means a term can appear in more than one place in the hierarchy.

The taxonomy is updated monthly:

This page was last updated: 13 September 2011

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