Geographic Variation in Prescribing Practices

Studies on the geographic variation in prescribing practices have recently been developed as a major field of active research in relation to health care services. These studies focus on the disparities in the rates of certain specific types of health care practices in large or small areas. Gradually emerging as a new field of active research with significant publications in recent years, the field of geographic variation promises to yield considerable breakthroughs.

A recent report from the Dartmouth Atlas Project has been able to highlight the regional differences among different Medicare patients across the United States for use of prescription drugs and provided significant insights into the best practices strictly related to high-risk and effective prescription drug therapy. The report found very significant geographic disparity in ...

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