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December 23 2009

Patient Registries, Predictive Models, and Optimal Care

JAMA. 2009;302(24):2662. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1098-a

To the Editor: In their Commentary, Drs Dreyer and Garner1 extolled the virtues of real-time data from patient registries as an important supplement to data derived from clinical trials. They advocated for methodological research to increase understanding of what constitutes quality and a more directed effort to evaluate the strengths and limitations of different types of evidence. However, they did not acknowledge powerful predictive modeling tools that are available to transform real-time data into evidence defining optimal care.

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