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NICE must improve communication with GPs says chairman

NICE must revamp the way it presents and communicates its clinical guidelines to GPs, said the institute's chairman Sir Michael Rawlins.

In an exclusive interview with Pulse, Sir Michael Rawlins said often GPs struggled to cope with the volume of information from NICE and that it was a ‘fair criticism' that NICE needed to make clinical guidelines more accessible.

‘It is fair criticism of us that we haven't in the past made our stuff as accessible as we would like to and we need to address that quite seriously.

‘We are conscious that the way we present [guidelines] is perhaps not the best way and so we are exploring all sorts of different approaches of making them more user-friendly for primary care.

The comments came after a rocky year for NICE in 2008, with controversy over cancer, osteoporosis and lipids guidance.

Sir Rawlins said GPs should expect proposals to revamp the presentation of NICE guidelines later in the year and emphasised said 2009 would swing NICE's focus even more onto GPs, with a full review of the QOF from April 2009.

‘We have to construct elements of the QOF that take account of difference in practices and doesn't disadvantage doctors working in more deprived areas where it may be more difficult to achieve the standards and we would hope to be,' he said.

Sir Michael Rawlins: NICE must communicate guidance more effectively to GPs Sir Michael Rawlins: NICE must communicate guidance mroe effectively to GPs

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