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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.


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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