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National Clinical Guidelines For the Management of Multiple Sclerosis in
Primary and Secondary Care in the National Health Service

August, 2003
Multiple Sclerosis Trust

As well as delivering verdicts on the use of drugs in the NHS, for example
beta interferon and glatiramer acetate for the treatment of MS, NICE (the
National Institute for Clinical Evidence) also produces Guidelines and in
2000 was asked by the Department of Health to consider the management of MS.

The guideline development process has involved searching through and
evaluating in a systematic manner the published evidence on the treatment of
MS. Where there is no evidence, a panel of experts have made recommendations
on the basis of consensus. The panel was drawn from health professionals
specialising in MS, and a representative each from the MS Trust and the MS

The MS Trust has been a stakeholder during the three year process,
representing the views of people with MS and submitting do***ents based on
the comments of a number of people who have responded to the drafts of the
guidelines as they have become available.

In March 2003, three draft versions were made available on the NICE website
for public consultation:

a.. the full guideline, containing full text and background material,
references, and systematic reviewer comments
a.. the NICE guideline, targeted principally at health professionals and
NHS managers
a.. the public version, for people personally affected by MS and the
general public
Since March, further consultation has taken place with stakeholders and
revisions are still being made. However, there has been slippage from the
original deadlines and publication is now expected on 22 October 2003.
These clinical guidelines will make key recommendations for service
improvement for the management of MS in England and Wales. They will act as
a benchmark for best practice by which all who are involved in MS - whether
personally or professionally - will, we hope, be able to work together for
better services.

Copyright 2003, Multiple Sclerosis Trust

For this and many more articles, see Paul Jones' website at
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