volume 99, issue 1, P100-114 1997
DOI: 10.1542/peds.99.1.100
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T. A. Merritt, D. Palmer, D. A. Bergman, P. H. Shiono

Abstract: Clinical practice guidelines are becoming pervasive in pediatrics and newborn medicine. They have spanned a wide range of primary care practice parameters from treating otitis media with effusion, to performing complex surgery for congenital heart disease, and management of respiratory distress syndrome and coordinating discharge from the neonatal intensive care unit. Administrators believe that using clinical practice parameters reduces health care costs, improves quality of care, and limits malpractice liabi…

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