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A powerful trend in modern medicine is the call for evidence-based treatments and procedures. Specialty societies are hard at work developing best-practice paradigms based on scientific and clinical information supported by verifiable evidence. This information can be used in many forums, in addition to providing efficient and efficacious care. Legal proceedings may use such information to determine standard of care. Health insurance companies increasingly demand proof that prescribed procedures are indeed effective before issuing payments.
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