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Patients do better when doctors follow guidelines

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 13 September 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:536

Doctors are notoriously bad at following guidelines. Perhaps they would do better if it was clear that following guidelines made a real difference to patient outcomes. Proving this is difficult, but in one recent study researchers did find a link between guideline …

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