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Title Medicine worth paying for : assessing medical innovations / edited by Howard S. Frazier and Frederick Mosteller
Imprint Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1995
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 Euro-Am 3F Western Mat.  610.0685 M468    AVAILABLE    30500100826752
Descript xiv, 311 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 283-300) and index
1. The Nature of the Inquiry / Howard S. Frazier and Frederick Mosteller -- 2. Evaluating Medical Technologies / Frederick Mosteller and Howard S. Frazier -- 3. Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy for Gallstones / Leon D. Goldman -- 4. Preserving Vision in Diabetic Retinopathy: The Impact of Laser Treatment / Michael R. Albert and Daniel M. Albert -- 5. The Treatment of Unipolar Depression / Howard S. Frazier -- 6. Kidney Transplantation / Miriam E. Adams -- 7. Epoetin Therapy for Renal Anemia: Health Policy and Quality-of-Life Perspectives / Jennifer F. Taylor -- 8. The Control of Postoperative Pain / Jane C. Ballantyne, Daniel B. Carr, Janice Ulmer, Ada Jacox and Donna Mahrenholz -- 9. Immunization against Measles / Donald N. Medearis, Jr. -- 10. Treatment of Hypertension / Sidney Klawansky -- 11. The Contributions of Lenses to Visual Health / Georgianna Marks, Frederick Mosteller, Marie-A McPherson and Grace Wyshak -- 12. Dentistry / Alexia Antczak-Bouckoms and J.F.C. Tulloch
How is medicine doing at the end of the twentieth century? While there has been no end of studies of our health care system and proposals for changing it, there have been few credible studies of the risks and benefits of widely used medical treatments. We simply do not always know whether one treatment is better than another or whether a particular drug is worth the price. Medical technology assessment is the discipline that studies what does and does not work in medicine. Howard Frazier and Frederick Mosteller are leading figures in this field. In Medicine Worth Paying For they attempt something completely new: to distill the methods and knowledge base of their highly specialized discipline into a text that is accessible - and therefore of great value - to a nontechnical audience
This book calls attention to the importance of technology assessment in medicine - the rigorous evaluation of the effects of medical treatments - with particular reference to medical innovations. Also, making use of a series of carefully selected cases, the authors identify important policy implications that can be drawn from the study of successful medical innovations. These case studies of medical successes are a rich source of examples of the effects, good and bad, of the application of technology to health care and of attempts to influence the diffusion of technologies in health care
Subject Medical innovations -- Evaluation
Medical innovations -- Case studies
Medical innovations -- Economic aspects
Biomedical Technology -- economics
Biomedical Technology -- trends
Delivery of Health Care -- trends
Evaluation Studies as Topic
Health services Management
Alt Author Frazier, Howard S
Mosteller, Frederick, 1916-2006
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