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Clinical Guidelines vs Clinical Practice FREE TO VIEW

Kenneth M. Frankel, MD, FCCP
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Tufts University School of Medicine Springfield, MA

Correspondence to: Kenneth M. Frankel, MD, FCCP, Baystate Medical Office Building, Two Medical Center Dr, Springfield, MA 01107



Chest. 2001;119(2):667. doi:10.1378/chest.119.2.667
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To the Editor:

I’m not optimistic about practicing physicians enthusiastically endorsing practice guidelines, regardless of the implementation strategies discussed in the August 2000 supplement1 to the journal.

Max Planck’s aphorism comes to mind, “An important scientific innovation rarely makes its way by gradually winning over and converting its opponents: it rarely happens that Saul becomes Paul. What does happen is that its opponents gradually die out and that the growing generation is familiarized with the idea from the beginning.”2

Guidelines may be most effectively promoted by integrating them into the curriculum of our students.

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Translating guidelines into practice: implementation and physician behavior change Heffner, JE eds.Chest2000;118,1S-73S. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Planck, M. The philosophy of physics. 1936; W.W. Norton. New York, NY:.
 

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Translating guidelines into practice: implementation and physician behavior change Heffner, JE eds.Chest2000;118,1S-73S. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Planck, M. The philosophy of physics. 1936; W.W. Norton. New York, NY:.
 
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