Lasers in health care, effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, and policy implications

Banta, H D
Record ID 31995000179
Authors' objectives:

To review effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of laser applications in health care and to identify forces promoting or slaving diffusion

Authors' results and conclusions: Few laser applications have been subjected to controlled studies, and almost no good cost analyses have been done. Nonetheless, lasers are diffusing at a moderately rapid rate and are continually finding new applications. Policy instruments have been ineffective toward this technology.
Authors' recommendations: An expert group consisting of clinicians and evaluators came to an extensive set of conclusions. One important one was that technology assessment could be more effectively used to guide diffusion. Other output or dissemination activity: Update report, further work: underway - doctoral dissertation to be completed in 1995, acceptance of recommendations, changes in practice, no other evidence of impact.
Authors' methods: Review
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 1991
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Netherlands
MeSH Terms
  • Laser Therapy
  • Lasers
Organisation Name: TNO
Contact Address: P.O. Box 2215, 2301 CE Leiden, The Netherlands. Tel: +31 71 518 13 80; Fax: +31 71 518 19 20
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Copyright: TNO, Prevention and Health
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