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Obtaining the information

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Finding the information you need from NICE’s vast resources – in both electronic and paper format – can appear to be daunting. It has produced well over 400 pieces of guidance across its four work programmes, many of which are available in more than one format, and its website comprises over 15,000 pages that contain a diverse range of information, guidance and support tools.

Finding the information you need from NICE’s vast resources – in both electronic and paper format – can appear to be daunting. It has produced well over 400 pieces of guidance across its four work programmes, many of which are available in more than one format, and its website comprises over 15,000 pages that contain a diverse range of information, guidance and support tools.

Guidance type

Description

Outputs – versions available

Technology appraisal

Recommendations on the use of new and existing medicines and treatments within the NHS.

NICE produces three versions of its technology appraisals:

• Full guidance;

• Quick reference guide;

• Information for the public.

Clinical guidelines

Recommendations on the appropriate treatment and care of people with specific diseases and conditions within the NHS. They are developed by groups of clinical and patient experts.

NICE produces four versions of its clinical guidelines:

• Full guidance;

• NICE guidance;

• Quick reference guide;

• Understanding NICE guidance.

Public health guidance

There are two types of guidance on public health:

• Public health intervention guidance – makes recommendations on clear activities (interventions) to promote a healthy lifestyle or reduce the risk of developing a disease or condition;

• Public health programme guidance – deals with broader activities for promoting good health and preventing ill health.

NICE produces two versions of its public health guidance:

• Full guidance;

• Quick reference guide.

Interventional procedure

An interventional procedure is a procedure used for diagnosis or for treatment that involves:

• Making a cut or a hole to gain access to the inside of a patient’s body;

• Gaining access to a body cavity without cutting into the body (for example, endoscopies);

• Using electromagnetic radiation (for examples, X-rays, laser treatments).

NICE interventional procedures guidance covers:

• The safety of the procedure;

• Advice on whether it works well enough for routine use;

• Advice on whether special arrangements are needed for patient consent.

NICE produces two versions of its interventional procedures:

• Quick reference guide;

• Information for the public.

Descriptions of NICE documents

Document

Description

Format

Full version

All the recommendations, an overview of the evidence and a discussion of the rationale behind the decision-making.

Online only.

It is possible to purchase full versions of clinical guidelines via the National Collaborating Centres.

NICE version

Only produced for clinical guidelines. All the recommendations from the full version in a format aimed at health professionals and NHS bodies.

Online only.

Quick reference guide

Presents recommendations in a suitable format for health professionals. This is available as a printed document.

For public health guidance, the quick reference guide is also suitable for people without specialist medical knowledge.

Printed and online.

Information for the public

Written using suitable language for people without specialist medical knowledge.

Printed and online.

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