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January 10, 2011

Practice Guidelines: Belief, Criticism, and Probability

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Division of Clinical Research, Scientific Applications International Corporation (SAIC) in Support of NIH, Bethesda, Maryland.

Arch Intern Med. 2011;171(1):15-17. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2010.453

Every day, health care providers aid patients in making decisions about their health. The process by which providers acquire, assimilate, and implement information to make decisions involves evaluation of published clinical research studies and reliance on early medical training, discussions with colleagues, local policies, personal clinical experience, and external influences.1 Another important source of information is practice guidelines developed and published by professional medical societies.

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