Understanding Cost‐effectivenessClark, Robin E. PhDSpine: 1 March 1996 - Volume 21 - Issue 5 - p 646–650 Spine Update Abstract Author Information Although most people are familiar with the idea of cost‐effectiveness, many wonder how‐or whether‐it should be applied to health care. This article discusses the concept of cost‐effectiveness, techniques for measuring it, and the pitfalls and benefits of applying cost‐effectiveness analysis to health care. From the Department of Community and Family Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, New Hampshire. Acknowledgment date: July 28, 1995. First revision date: August 10, 1995. Acceptance date: August 24, 1995. Device status category: 1. Address reprint requests to: Robin E. Clark; Dartmouth Medical School; Department of Community and Family Medicine; Strasenburgh 7250; Hanover, NH 03755‐3862 © Lippincott-Raven Publishers.