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You can download the following documents from www.nice.org.uk/CG74
The NICE guideline (this document) – all the recommendations.
A quick reference guide – a summary of the recommendations forhealthcare professionals.
‘Understanding NICE guidance’ – a summary for patients and carers.
The full guideline – all the recommendations, details of how they weredeveloped, and reviews of the evidence they were based on.For printed copies of the quick reference guide or ‘Understanding NICEguidance’, phone NICE publications on 0845 003 7783 or firstname.lastname@example.org and quote:
N1701 (quick reference guide)
N1702 (‘Understanding NICE guidance’).NICE clinical guidelines are recommendations about the treatment and care ofpeople with specific diseases and conditions in the NHS in England andWalesThis guidance represents the view of NICE, which was arrived at after carefulconsideration of the evidence available. Healthcare professionals areexpected to take it fully into account when exercising their clinical judgement.However, the guidance does not override the individual responsibility ofhealthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstancesof the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or guardian orcarer and informed by the summary of product characteristics of any drugsthey are considering.Implementation of this guidance is the responsibility of local commissionersand/or providers. Commissioners and providers are reminded that it is theirresponsibility to implement the guidance, in their local context, in light of theirduties to avoid unlawful discrimination and to have regard to promotingequality of opportunity. Nothing in this guidance should be interpreted in a waythat would be inconsistent with compliance with those duties.
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