Are We Ready to Use Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in Health Care Decision-Making?: A Health Services Research Challenge for Clinicians, Patients, Health Care Systems, and Public Policy

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Abstract

The dominance of managed care as an organizing principle for health care delivery suggests that cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) may be applied increasingly to decision-making at all levels. Health services researchers now need to address questions of how to further the underlying methods of CEA, how to make it a more practical tool for market-based as well as public policy decisions, and how to enhance CEA's ability to lead to responsible decisions that result in more effective and efficient care.

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