Medical practice guidelines: lessons from the United States.
Clinical guidelines, or protocols, have been devised by many different groups, often with differing aims. Some aim to reduce variations in care by using guidelines, while others seek to improve outcomes. Guidelines have long been used in the United States to try to control the behaviour of the medical profession--and the cost of health care. The "effectiveness initiative," run by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research spawned much activity among other groups, including the American Me...Expand abstract
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