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Using the list of published clinical guidelines

What the columns show

  • Reference
    Reference letter or number of the guideline.
  • Title
    Clinical guideline title. Each title links to a page of summary information for the guideline.
  • Wave
    The Department of Health (DH) and the Welsh Assembly Government refer topics to NICE in waves (batches). The wave number indicates when the topic was referred to NICE. Before July 2001, guidelines and cancer service guidance were either part of the 'inherited work programme' (that is, they were in progress when NICE was established), or they were within the first or second programme of newly commissioned topics. The word 'wave' has been used since July 2001 (NICE also uses this term for its technology appraisals) - the 6th wave being the first to include guideline topics. From July 2001, there have been approximately two waves a year. For each topic, the second column will say:
    • Inherited (in development when NICE was established)
    • 1st programme (referred to NICE in November 1999)
    • 2nd programme (referred to NICE in November 2000)
    • Nth wave (referred from July 2001 onwards)
    • Review (an updated version of a previously issued document).
  • Publication (or issue) date
    The date the guideline was issued to the NHS in England and Wales.
  • Review date
    The date the evidence underpinning the guideline recommendations is due to be reviewed (usually four years after the guideline is issued, although it may be earlier). Updated guidelines will be available within two years of the review process starting.

Sorting the information

The list can be sorted by: title (alphabetically), reference letter/number, wave number and date of publication. In each case, click on the column heading once or twice depending on the order that you want.

This page was last updated: 25 March 2010

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