Controversy Over NICE Guidelines

NICEThe National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) write guidelines which draw together available evidence and make recommendations for what treatments are best for different diagnoses.

A recent article in The Lancet suggests that the guidelines they wrote for bipolar disorder are biased in favour of recommending psychological therapies without enough evidence. One of the authors wrote a piece for The Guardian about this critique.

I wrote a response from a clinical perspective, about why I hope that this critique will encourage more research in this area, not limit access to psychological therapies. Have a look here if you’re interested.

NICE are writing a response to the critique soon too – so the conversation is just starting.

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