Therapeutic Choices Not Always Predictable
JAMA. 1982 Mar 5; 247(9): 1231, 1235.
Reports of three studies were presented to a medical technology symposium at the 1982 meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Given a hypothetical choice between cancer therapy by surgery or by radiation, some subjects were strongly influenced by whether the information was presented in terms of probability of death or survival and by whether the treatments were named. A comparison of the adoption of hospital technologies in states with traditional reimbursement systems and those with prospective reimbursement did not show the expected cost-reducing results. Thirdly, the use of more efficient clinical laboratory equipment has led to increased and often irrelevant testing. (KIE abstract)
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