Betty C. Jung, RN, MPH
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Jung BC. The Illusion of Deterministic Rules. Ann Intern Med. 1997;127:166. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-127-2-199707150-00026
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1997;127(2):166.
TO THE EDITOR:
The analytical model proposed by Glassman and colleagues  is an excellent example of how better definitions can help clarify what is really important to consider in developing decision rules. Although I agree that cost-effectiveness as a basis for clinical choices is questionable, I think that “medical necessity” is an important factor in clinical decision-making processes.
From a public health standpoint, medical necessity justifies the need for such actions as quarantining. It would be hard, for example, to require that children be immunized against most known infectious diseases if there were no medical reason for this immunization. Although it can be argued that herd immunity would not require all children to be immunized in order for a community to derive a benefit from such intervention, having all children immunized would be the right step toward eradicating the disease.
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