Introduction to clinical economics: assessment of cancer therapies.
Recent changes in the health care environment have led to the assessment of the costs and benefits of cancer treatment as criteria for the evaluation of new cancer therapies. The methodological framework for these assessments is provided by the field of clinical economics, a discipline that combines the techniques from clinical medicine, economics, epidemiology, and biostatistics. This article reviews the concepts of clinical economics and issues related to economic analysis of new therapies. This type of information is increasingly important to patients, clinicians, and health policy decision makers to help assure patients' access to effective cancer therapies.
Schulman, KA; Glick, HA; Yabroff, KR; Eisenberg, JM
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