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The Return to Biomedical Research: Treatment and Behavioral Effects

Edited by David M. Cutler and Srikanth Kadiyala

in Measuring the Gains from Medical Research

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780226551784
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226551791 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226551791.003.0005
The Return to Biomedical Research: Treatment and Behavioral Effects

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This chapter investigates the link between medical research and health, focusing on the dual effects of medical research on medical treatments and behavioral change. It discusses the broad factors leading to reduced cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality, analyzes the factors leading to changes in medical treatments and behaviors, and considers the implications of these findings for medical research. The findings estimate that about one-third of the decline in CVD mortality is due to invasive treatments, one-third is due to the use of risk-reducing pharmaceuticals, and the remaining third stems from behavioral changes.

Keywords: medical research; health; medical treatments; behavioral change; cardiovascular disease mortality; invasive treatments; pharmaceuticals

Chapter.  17936 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Econometrics and Mathematical Economics

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