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February 2, 1994

Changing Physician Prescribing PracticesRegulation vs Education

Author Affiliations

From the Institute for Health Services Research, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Minneapolis.

JAMA. 1994;271(5):393-394. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03510290075042

Changing physicians' behavior is not easy.1 Although we would like to believe in a world where health professionals incorporate well-analyzed valid information into their daily practices, in fact, putting scientifically vetted information to use is slow and arduous. Translating consensus conference results into practice has proven a greater challenge than reaching consensus.2,3 The guidelines now being promulgated by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research face the same difficulties.

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