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Detail of outcome
After the consultation closed, an expert group considered the consultation responses and discussed whether updating the 2007 clinical guideline would be valuable. The independent expert group agreed with the majority view from the public consultation and concluded that an update was necessary and desirable, and decided that consequently it would proceed to review the evidence needed to inform an update that will be published by early 2016.
For more information, read the open letter from Professor John Strang, who chairs the clinical guidelines update working group.
Detail of feedback received
See the public consultation responses on updating the 2007 clinical guideline.
‘Drug misuse and dependence: UK guidelines on clinical management’ were published in 2007 and have been one of the foundation for treating drug dependence in the UK.
Much of the advice given in the 2007 guidelines, often called the ‘orange guidelines’ or ‘orange book’, remains current. However, Public Health England (PHE) is consulting on whether sections could benefit from being updated following developments in the evidence base.
An update would build upon the original version to reflect new evidence, issues and ways of working, as well as developments in the recovery orientation of drug treatment. An update would also seek to complement and supplement other key documents, including NICE guidance and ‘Medications in recovery’.
PHE would like feedback from stakeholders about:
- whether the 2007 guidelines need updating
- what recent evidence needs to be reflected in the update
- whether there are gaps in the current guidelines where additional advice is needed