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Choices of health care providers can become inconsistent when people lack sufficient context to assess the value of available information. In a series of surveys, general population samples were randomized to read descriptions of either 2 possible health care providers or a single provider. Some...
Can person tradeoff (PTO) value judgments be elicited by a computer, or is a face-to-face interview needed? The authors randomly assigned 95 subjects to interview or computer methods for the PTO, a valuation measure that is often difficult for subjects. They measured relative values of foot...
To evaluate the relative impact of clinical factors and health care environment resources on the expert ratings of appropriateness of preoperative erythropoietin in elective orthopedic surgery, the authors analyzed 6905 individual votes on 496 clinical scenarios from 14 experts, applying a...
Objective . When making decisions, people are known to try to minimize the regret that would be provoked by unwanted consequences of these decisions. The authors explored the strength and determinants of such anticipated regret in a study of physicians’ decisions to order prostate-specific...
In this methodological article, the author reviews 1) the disproportionate impact that HIV/AIDS is having on communities of color in the United States, 2) what is known about the cost-effectiveness of HIV prevention interventions for racial/ethnic minority communities (including the methods used...
Purpose . To predict the EuroQoL EQ-5D utility index from the SF-12 Health Survey for a US national sample of adults. Methods . The authors used the 2000 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey to examine the relationship between instruments. Linear regression was used to predict EQ-5D scores from...
Background The mean survival time (MS) has acquired increasing importance as an outcome indicator for patient care and technology assessment. The authors use lifelong followup data from gastric cancer patients to study whether the MS is predictable from 5-year follow-up information based on 2...
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