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The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, and otolaryngology: review of the evidence

  • S Aval (a1), L Pabla (a1) and L M Flood (a1)



The adoption of evidence-based practice is fundamental to good medical care; it ensures that intervention is clinically effective and safe. In a world of limited healthcare resources, consideration of cost-effectiveness must, unfortunately, restrict clinicians' choice. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has, for over 10 years, developed guidance to achieve a national consensus on best practice.


This review describes the Institute's methodology, examines guidance relevant to otolaryngology and presents more recent research to update the evidence.


Corresponding author

Address for correspondence: Mr L M Flood, ENT Department, James Cook University Hospital, Marton Road, Middlesbrough TS4 3BW, UK E-mail:


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Presented orally at the 2nd Meeting of European Academy of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, 27–30 April 2013, Nice, France.



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