2 Notes on the scope of the guidance
NICE guidelines are developed in accordance with a scope that defines what the guideline will and will not cover. The scope of this guideline is available.
How this guideline was developed
NICE commissioned the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health to update the recommendations on generalised anxiety disorder in this guideline. The Centre for Mental Health established a Guideline Development Group (see appendix A), which reviewed the recommendations on the management of generalised anxiety disorder. The National Collaborating Centre for Primary Care developed the 2004 recommendations on the management of panic disorder (with or without agoraphobia). Independent Guideline Review Panels oversaw the development of the guideline (see appendix B).
There is more information about how NICE clinical guidelines are developed on the NICE website. A booklet, 'How NICE clinical guidelines are developed: an overview for stakeholders, the public and the NHS' is available.