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Resource Allocation Issues and Clinical Practice Guidelines FREE TO VIEW

Roman Jaeschke, MD; Jan Brozek, MD
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Affiliations: McMaster University Hamilton, ON, Canada,  Jagiellonian University School of Medicine Krakow, Poland

Correspondence to: Jan Brozek, CM UJ, Department of Medicine, Skawinska 8, Krakow 31066, Poland; e-mail: brozek@mp.pl



Chest. 2006;130(2):623. doi:10.1378/chest.130.2.623
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To the Editor:

In their recent article in CHEST on “Resource Allocation Issues in Recommendations From Clinical Practice Guideline Panels” (January 2006),1 Guyatt and colleagues deliberated on the productive allocation of health-care resources to alternative management strategies. The authors stated, that “the annual cost of clopidogrel for 100 patients might equal the salary of one nurse in the United States, but the salaries of three nurses in Poland.” For the sake of everyone who would like to cite this example, we feel obliged to amend it. The authors cited inaccurate data provided bona fide by one of us (RJ). The appropriate data from the Polish General Statistical Bureau on the average salaries of nurses and the average cost to patients of clopidogrel indicate that the annual cost of clopidogrel for 100 patients would equal the salaries of at least 10 nurses in Poland.

We apologize for these misleading statistics that we provided to authors and readers alike.

The authors have no conflict of interest regarding this topic.

Guyatt, G, Baumann, M, Pauker, S, et al (2006) Addressing resource allocation issues in recommendations from clinical practice guideline panels: suggestions from an American College of Chest Physicians task force.Chest129,182-187. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 

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Guyatt, G, Baumann, M, Pauker, S, et al (2006) Addressing resource allocation issues in recommendations from clinical practice guideline panels: suggestions from an American College of Chest Physicians task force.Chest129,182-187. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
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