So guidelines should serve to document ‘best practices’ and become a standard of care. Good guidelines identify and disseminate the most scientifically sound advice available.
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On the darker side of this there are standards of practice, compliance with which is a condition of keeping one’s medical license. So when marketing a pharmaceutical, getting that drug named at a particular rung on the ladder for responding to a particular condition…is a way to print money.

I like carrots better than sticks…at least the physician is still allowed to use their judgment and compliance is still voluntary.

Remember, I’m a patient the medical community has chosen not to serve well in some regards, and interested for this reason, not a medical professional.

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