A new method to isolate local-area practice styles in prescription use as the basis for instrumental variables in comparative effectiveness research.

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BACKGROUND Knowledge of whether particular prescription drugs for particular conditions are overused or underused is needed to attain a more efficient healthcare system. The portion of geographic variation in prescription drug use representing "practice style" may provide natural experiments as instrumental variables to address this knowledge gap… (More)
DOI: 10.1097/MLR.0b013e3181e41bb2

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