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NICE Depression in Adults Guideline – UKCP response

October 3, 2018

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The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) welcomes the news that the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is postponing publication of its Depression in Adults Guideline to consider new evidence.

UKCP Chief Executive, Professor Sarah Niblock, said: ‘We are very pleased that NICE has agreed, once again, to review the evidence-base for the updated Depression in Adults Guideline.

‘As we and others have argued since the first Draft Guideline was published, NICE’s existing proposals were not fit for purpose, and underpinned by flawed methodology. Their publication would have compromised the treatment options for the millions of adults in the UK with depression.

‘We therefore welcome the announcement that NICE will now consider further evidence; as well as including new work on patient choice, another of our fundamental concerns with the draft Guideline.

‘In particular, we look forward to seeing whether the updated proposals will now consider any of the important evidence collected outside of randomised controlled trials, which was previously excluded.

‘We will continue to offer our support to NICE in creating a Guideline that truly reflects best practice, and offers patients with depression genuine treatment choice.’

NICE’s announcement of a postponement follows an extensive campaign from UKCP and other stakeholder organisations to halt the Guideline’s publication in its draft form, because it had serious methodological flaws.

This campaign led to an unprecedented second consultation on the Guideline, and a letter co-signed by 31 MPs and Peers outlining their concerns with it.

The announcement means there will now be a third revision of the draft Guideline, with the final publication date scheduled for December 2019.


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