Comparative effectiveness: Its role in the healthcare system

  • Brown M
  • Luo B
  • Brown H
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PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To describe comparative effectiveness and assess its role in crafting new healthcare policy. RECENT FINDINGS: Senate Bill S.3408 would establish a nongovernment-affiliated Healthcare Comparative Effectiveness Research Institute that would work with healthcare experts and stakeholders in healthcare to prioritize interventions and services to be studied. A value-based medicine system of standardized comparative effectiveness and cost-effectiveness data using utilities would allow physicians to assess the total value (improvement in quality of life and/or length of life) conferred by interventions. SUMMARY: Standardized comparativeness and cost-effectiveness data will give physicians an information system to identify the interventions that confer the greatest value to patients, and thus deliver higher quality care than possible with evidence-based data alone while allowing the most cost-effective care.

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  • Comparative effectiveness
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Utility analysis
  • Value-based medicine

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  • Melissa M. Brown

  • Betsy Luo

  • Heidi C. Brown

  • Gary C. Brown

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