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Public Citizen Health Research Group: Three decades of advocacy for better use of best pills and less use of worst pills

Sid Wolfe, MD, Public Citizen Health Research Group, 1600 20th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009, 202 588 7735, Swolfe@citizen.org

The Health Research Group promotes research-based, system-wide changes in health care policy and provides oversight concerning drugs, medical devices, doctors and hospitals and occupational health. We work to ban or relabel unsafe or ineffective drugs and medical devices; improve safety standards at work sites; and educate consumers about the health care services they receive by providing information about doctors disciplined by state medical boards, hospital cesarean section rates, how to obtain your medical records, and dispute resolution in Medicare HMOs.

We gratefully accept this award and will discuss linkages between Dr. Donabedian's work and the advocacy and research experiences of Public Citizen Health Research Group

Learning Objectives:

Keywords: Quality Improvement, Drug Safety

Awards: Avedis Donabedian Award - - Recipient

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

Avedis Donabedian Award Session: Sid Wolfe and the Public Citizen Health Research Group

The 132nd Annual Meeting (November 6-10, 2004) of APHA