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Qual Health Res. 1998 Jan;8(1):61-75.

Specialty group differences over tonsillectomy: pediatricians versus otolaryngologists.

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Department of Sociology, Stanford University, CA 94305, USA.

Abstract

How physicians in different specialties explain their positions on tonsillectomy is explored using data based on in-depth interviews with 53 physicians. Justifications for and against particular indications, assessments of efficacy, and explanations of tonsillar function and pathology are presented. Clear specialty-specific differences exist, especially between pediatricians and otolaryngologists. Opposing specialty views rest upon radically different versions of cost/benefit assessment, whereas evaluations of efficacy are based primarily on conceptual reasoning and anecdotal accounts. Physicians' opinion of clinical trial results are specialty-dependent and are used to sustain specialty viewpoints. The implications of such specialty group differences for public policy are discussed.

PMID:
10558327
DOI:
10.1177/104973239800800105
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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