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Patient education and the impact of new medical research

Joseph Price () and Kosali Simon ()

Journal of Health Economics, 2009, vol. 28, issue 6, 1166-1174

Abstract: We examine the impact that medical research published in peer-reviewed journals has on the practice of medicine. We exploit the release of a recent New England Journal of Medicine article which demonstrated that the risks of attempting a vaginal birth after having a previous C-section birth (VBAC) were higher than previously thought. We find that immediately following this article, the national VBAC rate dropped by 16% and this change was largest among more educated mothers, particularly those with a graduate degree.

Keywords: Education; Medical; research (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009
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