Betty C. Jung, RN, MPH
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Jung B.; Principles of Economic Analysis of Health Care Technology. Ann Intern Med. 1996;124:536. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-124-5-199603010-00022
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1996;124(5):536.
TO THE EDITOR:
Dr. Evans' editorial  and the Task Force's position paper  delineating guidelines on ways to conduct research using economic analyses were excellent. As economic analyses become a standard for evaluating medical outcomes, protocols will be needed. The Task Force's operational definitions will certainly reduce misunderstanding, but I believe the ability to really “monetarize” quality of life, or even health, is debatable, given that such concepts are defined differently and change over time.
Dr. Evans' discussion of the ways in which marketing outcomes affect pharmacoeconomic research is poignant. Sponsorship does, unfortunately, affect the validity of the research. The outcome of research should leave room for the unexpected, but because positive findings are more desirable than negative ones, compromised research integrity is always possible.
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