Lung Volume Reduction Surgery: A Case Study

Norman Daniels and James E. Sabin

in Setting Limits Fairly

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780195149364
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865123 | DOI:
Lung Volume Reduction Surgery: A Case Study

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This chapter argues that while it may be possible to create a gold standard for reaching conclusions about the efficacy of a new technology, the hope that the methods of evidence-based practice would tell us whether to cover that technology under insurance is quixotic. Evidence is crucial for making fair policy about new technologies, but it is not enough. Accountability for reasonableness emerges as a necessary component for setting fair and legitimate limits even in the domain of this most empirical methodology.

Keywords: health care; efficacy; evidence-based practice; accountability; reasonableness

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Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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