Cancer Policy: Research and Methods by Jennifer L. Reifel M.D., Patricia A. Ganz M.D. (auth.),

By Jennifer L. Reifel M.D., Patricia A. Ganz M.D. (auth.), Charles L. Bennett M.D., Ph. D., Tammy J. Stinson M.S. (eds.)

Policy and consequence experiences characterize a brand new sector of study in oncology. figuring out the criteria that have an effect on caliber of lifestyles, expenses of care, styles of care, and results in oncology is critical to delivering accomplished care. healthiness providers is intended to be either a efficient zone of study in addition to a self-discipline that improves sufferer determination making. In sum, Cancer Policy highlights a number of the very important parts of healthiness prone learn in oncology.

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Data on resource use for indirect medical costs, intangible costs, and direct nonmedical costs can be collected through interview with the patients themselves or a caregiver. Specific resource use items that may be of interest to investigators are included in Table 4. Data on direct medical costs may only be available from the patient. Data on indirect morbidity costs (lost work days) may be available from the patient's employer or from patient self-report. Costs of Resources Financial information on resource use by patients may be available from the sources of care for the individual patient, or may be available on a systematic basis from an administrative data set.

Medical Care 1994; 32(7): JS77-JS89. EVALUATING CANCER COSTS IN NCI TRIALS Kevin A. , MBA William L. D. [l] Today, there is an increasing recognition by health care providers and financing organizations of the resource constraints on the provision of these services, lending greater importance to their economic evaluation. [1-4] Further, as costs for such services continue to rise, there is also a heightened desire for information on the value for each dollar spent in providing these technologies.

For example, if inpatient days cost $700 each and physician visits cost $100 each, a therapy that costs $100 would save money if it reduced a hospital stay by one day but increased outpatient resource use up to an equivalent of six physician visits. As illustrated in the preceding paragraph, there are several steps that are required in the development of an economic analysis plan for a clinical protocol: 1. Determine the resource quantities that will be collected for the purposes of the economic evaluation.

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