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March 18, 1998

Cost-effectiveness of the AHCPR Guidelines for Smoking

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;279(11):836-837. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-279-11-jac80001

To the Editor.—The article by Dr Cromwell and colleagues1 is an important contribution that addresses the cost-effectiveness of the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) guidelines on smoking cessation. This meta-analysis–based estimation procedure arrives at a conclusion similar to our experience using actual costs of providing nicotine dependence treatment services at the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center.2 However, it would have been helpful for the authors to provide citations for the cessation rate used in their meta-analyses.

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