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November 22/29, 2000

Helping Patients Integrate Research Evidence

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Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Executive Deputy EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;284(20):2594-2595. doi:10.1001/jama.284.20.2591

To the Editor: Dr McAlister and colleagues1 present a method for choosing between surgical and medical treatment for patients with carotid stenosis. Whether busy clinicians in practice will use this cumbersome method remains to be seen. However, I am concerned that these calculations may lead clinicians to make decisions that are not in the best interest of their patients.

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