AUC: Designed to inform, not dictate medical practice, docs say

11/4/2013 | Bloomberg Businessweek

Revised language in appropriate use criteria for stenting reflects a growing understanding that treatment decisions in cardiology are often not clear-cut, according to physicians. Earlier this year, the American College of Cardiology guidelines were updated, replacing "inappropriate" with "rarely appropriate" and "uncertain" with "may be appropriate." The guidelines allowed cardiologists to proactively establish best medical practices themselves, said SCAI fellow Dr. Manesh Patel, who leads the guideline writing group, and they were created to inform rather than dictate the practice of medicine.

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