The full British Thoracic Society (BTS) guideline for the use of long-term macrolides in adults with respiratory disease is published in Thorax. The following is a summary of the recommendations and good practice points. The sections referred to in the summary refer to the full guideline. The appendices are available in the full guideline and online appendices are available on the BTS website. This is the first BTS guideline to use the Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development and Evaluations (GRADE) approach as part of the process of guideline development and the guideline was used to pilot the new methodology.
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Contributors DS and IDR chaired the Guideline Group, and as lead authors led the drafting and revision of the document. All the authors drafted sections of the full guideline and undertook revisions of the paper. DS and IDR had final responsibility for the guideline and the summary paper submitted to BMJORR.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests CA, TC, IDR, PM, DS and RS had no funding to declare. SH declared funding from Chiesi. NR declared funding from Rocket Medical, UK, Lung Therapeutics and BD.
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