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Understanding Cost-effectiveness

Clark, Robin E. PhD

Spine Update

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.

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