Understanding Cost-effectivenessClark, Robin E. PhDSpine: March 1st, 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. © Lippincott-Raven Publishers.