Copies of this quick reference guide can be obtained from theNICE website at www.nice.org.uk/CG009quickrefguide or fromthe NHS Response Line by telephoning 0870 1555 455 andquoting reference number N0406. Information for the publicis also available from the NICE website or from the NHSResponse Line (quote reference number N0407 for an Englishversion, and N0408 for a version in English and Welsh).
This guidance is written in the following context:
This guidance represents the view of the Institute, whichwas arrived at after careful consideration of the availableevidence. Health professionals are expected to take it fullyinto account when exercising their clinical judgement.This guidance does not, however, override the individualresponsibility of health professionals to make appropriatedecisions in the circumstances of the individual patient, inconsultation with the patient and/or guardian or carer.
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