The ethical dilemma of population-based medical decision making

Robert S. Kirsner, Daniel G. Federman

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Over the past several years, there has been a growing interest in population-based medicine. Some elements in healthcare have used population- based medicine as a technique to decrease healthcare expenditures. However, in their daily practice of medicine, physicians must grapple with the question of whether they incorporate population-based medicine when making decisions for an individual patient. They therefore may encounter an ethical dilemma. Physicians must remember that the physician-patient relationship is of paramount importance and that even well-conducted research may not be applicable to an individual patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1571-1576
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Managed Care
Issue number11
StatePublished - Dec 17 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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