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[Editorial] Does a spoonful of honey make the medicine go down?

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s (NICE’s) scientific rigour forms the basis of its credibility, and its guidance is a global benchmark for health-care provision. However, it is less well known that in their recommendations, when the evidence is weak, the NICE committees make judgements based on both the scientific and social values of the evidence.