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NICE guidance online survey

11th August 2011

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is enlisting public and patient opinion on developing ways it presents its guidance.

It has launched a short online questionnaire to help gauge the awareness of its clinical guidelines and experience of using them.

Results from the survey will help NICE improve the way evidence and recommendations are presented in its clinical guidelines.

The survey forms part of a larger study called DECIDE, which is a five-year collaborative project funded by the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme, and is designed to research and improve the way healthcare evidence and recommendations are presented in clinical guidelines.

The study, which started in January, is being coordinated by the University of Dundee.

Regulatory bodies from countries such as Norway, Spain, Netherlands, Germany, Italy and the World Health Organisation are also involved.

NICE project lead and Technical Adviser for guidelines Dr Judith Thornton said: “At NICE, we are interested in how the presentation of guidelines affects their uptake and application. We want as many people as possible to be aware of the guidance to ensure they receive the best possible care and have a number of ongoing projects in this area.

“Results from DECIDE will be used to inform the way that NICE clinical guidelines are presented to patients and public in terms of both content and format.

“In addition, results from the other work packages, for example, healthcare professionals will also be incorporated.”

The survey runs until 9 October and its questions cover the suite of clinical guideline documents NICE produces.

 

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