NICE has updated its guidelines pages to explain how they should be used in offering patients and service users the best care.
The new wording explains that guidelines should be taken fully into account but that the patient, or person receiving care, should be at the heart of decision-making. It also emphasises the importance of a clinician’s expertise and judgement.
The change is in response to conversations NICE has been having with people – including GPs. The new wording reflects NICE’s broader responsibilities within health and social care.
Professor David Haslam, the chair of NICE, explained in a blog post that the new text will “help clinicians to use NICE guidance with confidence – balancing their experience, the needs and wishes of the patient, and gold-standard evidence-based recommendations”.
The wording is now more prominent within a blue box on the overview page of the guidance. It was previously found only in the ‘About this guideline’ section.