Gerber, Alan S., Eric M. Patashnik, David Doherty and Conor Dowling (2010), "A National Survey Reveals Public Skepticism About Research-Based Treatment Guidelines," Health Affairs, 10: 1882-1884. DOI: 10.1377/hlthaff.2010.0185
Using research to develop treatment guidelines is one way to lower medical costs and improve care. However, findings from a national survey show that the public is skeptical about this approach. Specifically, the public finds arguments against establishing research-based treatment guidelines more convincing than arguments in favor of it. Our findings suggest that for evidence-based treatment guidelines to win public acceptance, the public needs to be reassured that guidelines would not lead to the limiting of access to beneficial care.
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