Changing Medical Practice Through Technology Assessment: An Evaluation of the NIH Consensus Development Program
Dec 31, 1988
This Note describes a content analysis of the statements of 24 Consensus Development Conferences conducted by the Office for Medical Applications of Research of the National Institutes of Health in the years 1979-1983. The goal was to understand the potential and actual impact of the consensus statements by identifying characteristics that might determine how and whether physicians become aware of their findings and adopt their recommendations. Three characteristics emerged, each suggestive of a different style of consensus statement: discursiveness, didacticism, and scholarliness. Variations in style among consensus statements may affect their acceptance by the medical profession.