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January 1990

Is Standard Practice 'Standard' In Community Pediatrics?

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2 SW Del Prado Lake Oswego, OR 97035

Am J Dis Child. 1990;144(1):11. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1990.02150250013001

Sir.—Dr Fulginiti1 made some good points in his editorial in the May issue of AJDC on standards. Having sat on several committees that grappled with establishing standards, I feel that it also is important to recognize some of the inherent biases of such committees. First, they tend to agree there is a problem requiring the establishment of a standard. Second, they are biased toward a "safe rather than sorry" viewpoint. Third, they do not reflect the universe of those who deal with the problem. Rather, they tend to reflect those who see the worst aspects of the problem and omit those who see the other end of the spectrum

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