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Health Care Technology and Its Assessment : An International Perspective - H. David Banta

Health Care Technology and Its Assessment

An International Perspective

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Since 1945, a broad array of health care technologies have come into use, including antibiotics, anti-hypertensive drugs, oral diuretics, oral contraceptives, psycho-pharmaceuticals, corticosteroids, vaccines, open-heart surgery, genetics screening, automated clinical laboratories, renal dialysis and cardiac medicine. These technologies have brought benefits to millions. However, as costs of health care have risen rapidly, governments have increasingly singled out expensive technology as the culprit. The result has been changes in the methods of paying for health care in most countries to control cost rises. This has led to a slowing of technological change in some countries and increasing the necessity to choose in all countries. Many policy-makers are now beginning to say "no", "maybe" or "yes with all speed", depending on the expected benefits of the technology. An important method of steering these responses to technology is technology assessment, in which benefits, costs and social implications of technology are evaluated. While this book presents an international perspective on health care technology's development and diffusion, the main message of the book is that health care technology can assist in difficult choices in health care, whether these choices are made by policy-makers, clinicians or patients.

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'The newcomer to health technology issues would find much of value in this section which would provide a good start for further investigation.' Dr. D. Hailey, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Canberra, Health Policy 27 (1994)

Section 1: Background on health care technology 1: Important concepts in health care technology assessment 2: Historical perspective on technology in health care Section 2: The development and diffusion of health care technology 3: The development of health care technology 4: The adoption of health care technology 5: Use of health care technology Section 3: Assessing health care technology 6: A system for health care technology assessment 7: Evaluation of efficacy and safety 8: Financial costs and their evaluation 9: Health care technology assessment and health-related quality of life 10: Assessing social implications of health care technology 11: Assuring the quality of health care Section 4: Selected case studies 12: The assessment of prevention 13: The assessment of medical imaging 14: The assessment of surgical practice 15: The assessment of drugs 16: Picture archiving and communication systems Section 5: An international perspective 17: Health care technology in Sweden 18: Medical technology in the UK 19: Assessment of health care technology in the Netherlands 20: Medical technology assessment in the USA 21: The development and assessment of health care technology in Mexico 22: Medical technology in China 23: Selected experience of other countries 24: Conclusions References Index

ISBN: 9780192622976
ISBN-10: 0192622978
Series: Oxford Medical Publications
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 376
Published: 19th August 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 16.3  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.77