Assessing Medical Technologies

Assessing Medical Technologies

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New drugs, new devices, improved surgical techniques, and innovative diagnostic procedures and equipment emerge rapidly. But development of these technologies has outpaced evaluation of their safety, efficacy, cost-effectiveness, and ethical and social consequences. This volume, which is qstrongly recommendedq by The New England Journal of Medicine qto all those interested in the future of the practice of medicine, q examines how new discoveries can be translated into better care, and how the current system's inefficiencies prevent effective health care delivery. In addition, the book offers detailed profiles of 20 organizations currently involved in medical technology assessment, and proposes ways to organize U.S. efforts and create a coordinated national system for evaluating new medical treatments and technology.OTA does have the authority to initiate small studies (under $30, 000). ... The staff identifies and works with an expert advisory panel and consultants and contractors as appropriate, analyzes and integrates their work, and drafts the final report.

Title:Assessing Medical Technologies
Publisher:National Academies - 1985


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