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Institute of Medicine (U.S.). Committee on Standards for Systematic Reviews of Comparative Effectiveness Research.

Finding what works in health care : standards for systematic reviews / Committee on Standards for Systematic Reviews of Comparative Effectiveness Research, Board on Health Care Services, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies ; Jill Eden … [et al.], editors.

p. ; cm.

Includes bibliographical references.

ISBN 978-0-309-16425-2 (pbk.) — ISBN 978-0-309-16426-9 (pdf)

1. Medical care—Standards—United States. 2. Medical care—United States—Quality control. I. Eden, Jill. II. Title.

[DNLM: 1. Comparative Effectiveness Research—standards—United States. 2. Outcome and Process Assessment (Health Care)—United States. W 84.3]

RA399.A3I565 2011

610.28’9—dc23

2011017455

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