Predicting the appropriate use of carotid endarterectomy, upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, and coronary angiography.

@article{Brook1990PredictingTA,
  title={Predicting the appropriate use of carotid endarterectomy, upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, and coronary angiography.},
  author={Robert H. Brook and Robert E. Park and Mark R. Chassin and David H. Solomon and Joan W Keesey and Jacqueline B Kosecoff},
  journal={The New England journal of medicine},
  year={1990},
  volume={323 17},
  pages={1173-7}
}
BACKGROUND AND METHODS In a nationally representative population 65 years of age or older, we have demonstrated that about one quarter of coronary angiographies and upper gastrointestinal endoscopies and two thirds of carotid endarterectomies were performed for reasons that were less than medically appropriate. In this paper we examine whether specific characteristics of patients (age, sex, and race), physicians (age, board-certification status, and experience with the procedure), or hospitals… CONTINUE READING

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