Journal article

Democracy-Based Consensus in Medicine

Massimiliano Greco, Alberto Zangrillo, Marta Mucchetti, Leda Nobile, Paolo Landoni, Rinaldo Bellomo, Giovanni Landoni

Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia | W B SAUNDERS CO-ELSEVIER INC | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: High-quality evidence and derived guidelines, as typically published in major academic journals, are a major process that shapes physician decision-making worldwide. However, for many aspects of medical practice, there is a lack of High-quality evidence or an overload of somewhat contradictory low-quality information, which makes decision-making a difficult, uncertain, and unpredictable process. When the issues in question are important and evidence limited or controversial, the medical community seeks to establish common ground for "best practice" through consensus conferences and consensus statements or guidelines. Such consensus statements are seen as a useful tool to establis..

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