International differences in medical care practices.
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An overview of several aspects of international comparisons of medical care utilization is presented with a discussion of
the usefulness of such comparisons in identifying geographic variations in utilization and in elucidating the nature of clinical
decisionmaking regarding various procedures. The discussion includes the purposes of conducting international studies as well
as the methodological and policy issues involved. Brief descriptions of some of the studies that have been conducted are also
Comparative Study : Cross-Cultural Comparison : Decision Making : Evaluation Studies : Hospitalization/statistics & numerical
data : Physician's Practice Patterns/statistics & numerical data : Surgical Procedures, Operative/utilization