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Dr. Robert Califf, arguably one of the most important people at Duke Med, is on a flight to Washington, where he is scheduled to lead an international strategy session on how heart-failure drugs should be studied. As director of the Duke Clinical Research Institute, he is charged with doing whatever he can to take the guesswork out of medical care, and he has a specific statistic he wants to change. "Only 15% of the decisions a doctor makes every day are based on evidence," he recites.

Califf knows doctors cannot base every decision on the evidence since there is never enough....

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