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Commentary
June 22 2011

Health Advocacy Organizations and Evidence-Based Medicine

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, New York.

JAMA. 2011;305(24):2569-2570. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.866

Strong and independent not-for-profit advocacy organizations are vital to a democratic society. At their best, they stand apart from the interests of the marketplace and the government, helping to promote diverse public concerns. The scope of their activities is extensive. Some not-for-profit advocacy organizations spearhead campaigns to eliminate discriminatory legislation and improve the life chances of vulnerable groups. Others challenge economic interests to better protect the environment. Still others work to advance civil and human rights.

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