Harold C. Sox Jr., MD; Paul Griner, MD
Which medical tests and treatments are effective? Which patients will benefit most from them? The public is looking to the organizations such as the American College of Physicians (ACP) for answers to these questions. The topic of this essay is achieving consensus about medical practice issues. The focus will be the ACP program for the development of medical practice guidelines and one of its recent topics: angina pectoris.
Physicians in search of an authoritative recommendation have traditionally turned first to medical textbooks. Although physicians still look there for advice, practice guidelines issued by organizations like the ACP should become the
Harold C. Sox, Paul Griner. An Invitation to Join a Controversy. Ann Intern Med. 1992;116:422–423. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-116-5-422
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