Economic analysis of health care technology: a report on principles
A task force has published new guidelines in an effort to boost the credibility of economic outcomes research. Health care technology studies aim to make full use of medical innovations within limited financial resources. Most often, there are two types of bias involved. Researchers may not be conducting studies independently and studies may lack uniform methodology. Sponsor and researcher must agree on many issues, including study design, control and ownership of data, project control, conflicts of interest, and final authorship. The task force recommends the following for reporting economic outcomes research. Evaluations should state the purpose of the study, offer justified pharmaceutical and nonpharmaceutical alternatives, describe all levels of expense, and include all relevant outcomes. The final cost-benefit analysis should also leave room for generalizing the findings to all patients.
Publication Name: Annals of Internal Medicine
Another dismal report card
Violence is a serious problem for American society, according to the second annual National Report Card on Violence presented by the American Medical Association (AMA). The AMA report noted minor improvements in entertainment violence and family violence from 1995 to 1996. The AMA urges all factions of society, including schools, religious organizations, law enforcement, government bodies and private citizens, to become involved in efforts to curb violence.
Publication Name: American Medical News
Capillary hemangioma of the endometrium: a case report and review of the literature
Publication Name: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
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