David M. Eddy, MD, PhD
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Eddy D.; The Potential for Increasing Quality and Reducing Costs. Ann Intern Med. 2011;155:564-565. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-155-8-201110180-00024
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2011;155(8):564-565.
We share Dr. Umscheid's concerns about conflicts of interest and took several steps to avoid them. As described in the article, we created a relatively simple cardiovascular risk calculator specifically for this analysis, to transparently illustrate the concept of individualized guidelines—not to promote a particular model. We also stressed that our general conclusions do not depend on any particular model. We are developing methods for more accurately calculating the benefits that individuals can expect from various treatments, and for implementing individualized guidelines in practice settings. However, none of the concepts or methods in the paper is proprietary.
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