16 May 2012

Evidence-based health advice group closes

8:23 pm on 16 May 2012

The head of a group that advised doctors on best ways to treat common disorders says he is worried about how its work will be done in future.

The New Zealand Guidelines Group wound up this week, following the loss of a major health ministry contract.

The group's role for the past decade has been to promote evidence-based treatment, which it has done by analysing international research and producing guidelines for doctors on the best way to treat patients.

Chairman Jim Vause, a Blenheim GP, says the group has ended its work, which is disappointing.

He says patients and doctors need reassurance from the ministry on how research and evidence will be implemented in the sector in the future.