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January 16, 2002

Scientific Review and Clinical Applications

JAMA. 2002;287(3):379. doi:10.1001/jama.287.3.379

In this issue of THE JOURNAL, we are beginning a series entitled "Scientific Review and Clinical Applications." This series includes the review of a common clinical topic based on the most recent evidence, accompanied by an article applying the information to typical patients treated frequently in an office or hospital. Our goal is to provide readers with the best available information to guide clinical care and to answer questions that arise routinely in practice.

Practicing physicians are challenged regularly by questions pertinent to the care of patients. Often the questions are not about rare conditions but common clinical problems. For example, what is the most recent evidence about the treatment for this condition? Are there recommended guidelines that should be followed? Of all the new diagnostic tests, which are the most appropriate for this condition and how much do they cost? In addition, many practical questions are not often addressed in scientific journal articles. For example, what tools can be used in the office setting to improve the care of patients with this condition? How should this complicated treatment decision be discussed with patients? Is there a Web site that can provide patients with accurate and clear information? The new series is designed to answer many of these common questions.

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