At AHA, A Debate Over Drug-Eluting Stents
If any medical device should confirm the role of clinical trials in influencing adoption, it's drug-eluting stents. But a debate at the American Heart Association meeting made clear that evidence-based medicine wasn't the ony side of the story. Beyond simple resistance to change, real-world issues--concerns over costs and unforeseen future consequences, among the most notable--often argue more strongly to physicians.
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