A view from the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research: the use of language in clinical practice guidelines.
Legal Medicine Program, Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, Rockville, Maryland.
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The Joint Commission journal on quality improvement
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"Good medicine is good law" is the first principle for writing good guidelines. The most important legal inquiry will be whether the language specifies mandatory or persuasive actions. Ordinary words may be hazardous when they are used ambiguously and create more than one meaning. That may mean a jury will decide what was meant.
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