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September 1, 1989

Gastric Restrictive Surgery-Reply

Author Affiliations

American Medical Association Chicago, Ill

American Medical Association Chicago, Ill

JAMA. 1989;262(9):1188. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03430090050030

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In Reply. —  Panelists for each specific DATTA evaluation are selected according to their specialty and stated special interests from our overall panel. These 1700 physicians have been nominated by specialty societies, by medical schools through the section on medical schools of the American Medical Association's House of Delegates, and by state medical societies.The Department of Technology Assessment routinely analyzes the DATTA panelists' responses by specialty. This information is not included in the published DATTA evaluation since the number of panelists is typically too small, as in this case, to make any statistically significant statements about how different physician-specialists assess the different technologies. However, the breakdown is as follows: 24% of gastroenterologists and 38% of surgeons rated the safety of the Roux-en-Y procedure as established, and 24% and 41%, respectively, rated the effectiveness of the procedure as established.Thirty-eight percent of gastroenterologists and 45% of surgeons rated the safety