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Rebuttal From Drs Kullgren and WernerRebuttal from Drs Kullgren and Werner

Jeffrey T. Kullgren, MD, MPH; Rachel M. Werner, MD, PhD
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From the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars (Dr Kullgren); Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Drs Kullgren and Werner); Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (Drs Kullgren and Werner), University of Pennsylvania; and Division of General Internal Medicine (Dr Werner), Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Correspondence to: Jeffrey T. Kullgren, MD, MPH, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars, 1303B Blockley Hall, 423 Guardian Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19104; e-mail: kullgren@mail.med.upenn.edu


Financial/nonfinancial disclosures: The authors have reported to CHEST that no potential conflicts of interest exist with any companies/organizations whose products or services may be discussed in this article.

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© 2011 American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 2011;140(5):1121-1122. doi:10.1378/chest.11-2095
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Dr Metersky looks into his crystal ball and predicts that public reporting of quality data will become an increasingly important resource to educate patients about their health-care options.1 Because the best predictor of the future, however, often is the past, a rearview mirror might be more useful in this context. Unfortunately, in our rearview mirror, we see little evidence that patients have sought out or used quality information to choose providers, suggesting that if we continue to follow the current road, report cards will not lead to improved patient decision-making.

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