Technology assessment can lead to the rapid application of essential diagnostic technologies and prevent the wide diffusion of marginally useful methods. In both of these ways, it can increase quality of care and decrease the cost of health care. This comprehensive monograph carefully explores methods of and barriers to diagnostic technology assessment and describes both the rationale and the guidelines for meaningful evaluation. While proposing a multi-institutional approach, it emphasizes some of the problems involved and defines a mechanism for improving the evaluation and use of medical technology and essential resources needed to enhance patient care.
Council on Health Care Technology, Institute of Medicine
1 Front Matter; 2 Introduction; 3 1. Rationale for Assessment of Diagnostic Technology; 4 2. The Use of Diagnostic Tests: A Probabilistic Approach; 5 3. Assessment: Problems and Proposed Solutions; 6 4. Primary Assessment of Diagnostic Tests: Barriers to Implementation; 7 5. Costs and Sources of Funding; 8 6. A National Program for Assessing Diagnostic Technology; 9 7. Problems of Multi-Institutional Studies; 10 The Authors