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Understanding Health Care Outcomes Research, 2d ed.


Understanding health care outcomes research, 2d ed.

Ed. by Robert L. Kane.

Jones & Bartlett


404 pages




Health outcomes research has become increasingly emphasized as a critical pursuit since the 1997 edition appeared. In introducing 13 chapters by colleagues with the U. of Minnesota, other US universities, and pharmaceutical companies, Kane (public health) reviews the importance of such research to quality of care, obstacles to it, key concepts, types of study designs, and conceptual modeling. He argues that randomized controlled trials A randomized controlled trial (RCT) is a scientific procedure most commonly used in testing medicines or medical procedures. RCTs are considered the most reliable form of scientific evidence because it eliminates all forms of spurious causality.  are not the only valid scientific approach. Contributors address general and specific measures, analyses, research issues, and offer implementation guidelines guidelines, a set of standards, criteria, or specifications to be used or followed in the performance of certain tasks.
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Date:Dec 1, 2005
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