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Cost, uncertainty, and doctors' decisions. The case of thrombolytic therapy.

Authors
  • Lessler, D S
  • Avins, A L
Type
Published Article
Journal
Archives of Internal Medicine
Publisher
American Medical Association
Publication Date
Aug 01, 1992
Volume
152
Issue
8
Pages
1665–1672
Identifiers
PMID: 1497400
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
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Abstract

These results indicate that physicians place great emphasis on surrogate end points. Physicians vary in their willingness to use more expensive therapies over cheaper alternatives, even when their perceptions of the relative risks and benefits are similar. The patient's insurance status and the provider's practice setting may exert an important influence on doctors' clinical choices.

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