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THE QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR MEDICINE AND MOLECULAR IMAGING
Rivista di Medicina Nucleare e Imaging Molecolare
A Journal on Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Affiliated to the and to the International Research Group of Immunoscintigraphy
Indexed/Abstracted in: Current Contents/Clinical Medicine, EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Science Citation Index (SciSearch), Scopus
Impact Factor 2,413
ECONOMICS OF NUCLEAR MEDICINE
Guest Editor: Gambhir S. S.
The Quarterly Journal of Nuclear Medicine 2000 June;44(2):105-11
Health technology assessment
Papatheofanis F. J.
From the Department of Radiology The Advanced Medical Technology Assessment and Policy Program UCSD School of Medicine, San Diego, CA, USA
The developing role and use of diagnostic imaging continue to emerge as disease management paradigms are refined and clinical guidelines are em-ployed more often. Health technology assessment, HTA (also known as health care technology assessment), is fundamentally a form of policy research. By formulating effective HTA, the short- and long-term effects of health care technology are studied in a systematic and multidisciplinary way. The fundamental aim of all HTA is to assist those individuals and organizations who stand to benefit from a new health technology (patients), those who will apply the technology (providers), and those who will pay for it (payers) to make better decisions about the technology they utilize by supplying information that is of a high scientific standard and population-based. Effective HTA is especially useful to health care providers, payers, professional groups in health care, manufacturers, political decision-makers and the general public or consumers of health care technology because it represents a process through which effective technology can be identified and ineffective technology can be understood in the context of its limitations. HTA is a multidisciplinary undertaking requiring combined expertise in clinical medicine, epidemiology, biostatistics, bioengineering, health economics, administration, psychology, sociology, ethics and legal science. Additionally, the experiences and opinions of health technology users and consumers of health care (especially patient advocacy groups) are needed to form an overall accurate understanding of the technology under review.