Knowledge of drugs for myocardial infarction: Generalists versus specialists

Henry C. Barry, Amy C. Justice, Terrence C. Hack, Leona E. Markson, Barbara J. Turner, John Z. Ayanian

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To the Editor: The study of differences in knowledge between cardiologists and primary care physicians by Ayanian and colleagues (Oct. 27 issue)1 raises interesting questions. The authors assume that the results of the studies they cite are valid, that all physicians have read or have had access to these studies, and that physicians will draw similar conclusions and share the same degree of enthusiasm for the results. Reasonable, well-trained physicians may in fact read the same paper and draw different conclusions about its application because the study population is unlike their patients and the results are therefore not generalizable. An…

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)472-474
Number of pages3
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number7
StatePublished - Feb 16 1995
Externally publishedYes

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