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Conclusions about why doctors change their practice were not supported by the data

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7098.1908b (Published 28 June 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1908
  1. Roy M Poses, Director of researcha
  1. a Division of General Internal Medicine, Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, Pawtucket, RI, USA

    Editor—Lynne A Allery and colleagues used qualitative research methods to address an important issue–namely, why doctors change their practice–but they drew conclusions that were not supported by their data.1

    They interviewed 100 doctors using the critical incident technique. They asked them about instances in which they recalled having changed their practices and recorded their reasons for these changes. These …

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