NICE set to consider wider health benefits of treatments

NICE may have to consider wider health-related benefits of treatments in its reviews after a report set out 25 recommendations for changes to its appraisal processes.

NICE commissioned former Healthcare Commission chairman Professor Sir Ian Kennedy to review the way in which NICE considers the value of treatments. Sir Ian's report recommends that NICE adjusts its evaluation process to take into account relevant health-related benefits, once these have been identified and agreed.

Research should also be undertaken into whether wider benefits should be considered, such as increased employment for patients and free time for carers, the report said. It also suggests that NICE should consider the impact of its decisions on PCT budgets and look at ways to improve the early adoption of innovative treatment.

The report's recommendations will be considered at NICE's board meeting in September and then put out to consultation for three months. Changes to the institute's processes are expected to be in place by early next year, a NICE spokesman said.

tom.moberly@haymarket.com


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