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Update of Antithrombotic Guidelines: Medical Professionalism and the Funnel of Knowledge

John E. Heffner, MD, FCCP
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Dr Heffner is Deputy Editor of CHEST.

FINANCIAL/NONFINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: None declared.

CORRESPONDENCE TO: John E. Heffner, MD, FCCP, 530 K St, Unit 510, San Diego, CA 92101


Copyright 2016, American College of Chest Physicians. All Rights Reserved.


Chest. 2016;149(2):293-294. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2015.12.005
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Contemporary definitions of medical professionalism recognize that clinical practice “rests on the integrity of scientific standards grounded in research evidence and the translation of evidence into practice guidelines, which define the proper use and implementation of diagnostic testing and therapeutics.” Such calls for professionalism have become as much an administrative mandate as an aspirational goal now that guideline recommendations inform the development of physician performance measures created in response to society’s recognition that health care commonly diverges from best practices and too often wastes resources, thereby driving up costs and threatening our ability to deliver effective care., Clinical practice guidelines (CPGs), therefore, represent a critical resource for improving patient care and also helping physicians succeed within reimbursement schemas (eg, pay-for-performance).

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