Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
In Reply: Drs Ruscin and Page raise important
issues about the slow maturation of this important field. Most new sciences
start out with work that is merely observational; those that prosper move
beyond this stage into experimentation and eventually to useful interventions
whose effectiveness is demonstrated in controlled trials. Ruscin and Page
are correct that the time is right for the study of medication use, particularly
in the elderly, likewise to move from descriptions of the world as it is to
demonstrations of the impact of programs that make things better.
Avorn J. Inappropriate Prescribing for Elderly Patients—Reply. JAMA. 2002;287(10):1264–1265. doi:10.1001/jama.287.10.1261
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