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Health Aff (Millwood). 2010 Oct;29(10):1882-4. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2010.0185.

A national survey reveals public skepticism about research-based treatment guidelines.

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  • 1Center for theStudy of American Politics, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA. alan.gerber@yale.edu

Abstract

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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