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Stephen B. Soumerai
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Inappropriate drug therapy decisions in hospitals are a major source of morbidity and unnecessary cost. Strategies aimed at merely improving knowledge are relatively ineffective in changing prescribing behavior of physicians. Other suggested interventions are not documented by well-controlled studies. More personal, salient, and continuing approaches are promising, but will require careful evaluation of costs and quality-of-care outcomes.
Author(s): Stephen B. Soumerai; Jerry Avorn
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Volume 62, Issue 3 (pages 447–474) Published in 1984
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