DANIEL L. KENT, M.D.; ERIC B. LARSON, M.D., M.P.H.
Assessment of medical technologies has become increasingly popular in the past 10 years. Development of new diagnostic and therapeutic modalities leads to technology assessments, as shown by recent assessments of magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. Two major driving factors are the need to estimate the scope of benefits of a technology (efficacy or effectiveness), and the technology's costs. Technology assessments and comprehensive clinical reviews can guide clinicians through a maze of literature on new techniques and diagnostic tests. However, the impact of technology assessments is unknown. Although one study (1) showed little effect from several National Institutes of Health (NIH) consensus
KENT DL, LARSON EB. Diagnostic Technology Assessments: Problems and Prospects. Ann Intern Med. ;108:759–761. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-108-5-759
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;108(5):759-761.
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