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Clinical Inertia: Hard to move it forward
Rev Esp Cardiol (2010)
  • William T. Branch, Jr. Md, MACP, Emory University
Internal medicine and medical subspecialty physicians pride themselves on their thoughtful and cautious approach to the patient. “First do no harm” has been the motto of internists more so than most specialists. For many decades, internists prided themselves on protecting their patients from unnecessary treatments and procedures. One can readily recall episodes when this attitude was verified. Medications brought to market with great promise later caused major, even catastrophic side effects when widely used. Even recent guidelines for aggressive lowering of hemoglobin A1C in diabetes have recently been modified somewhat because of adverse effects.
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William T. Branch. "Clinical Inertia: Hard to move it forward" Rev Esp Cardiol (2010)
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