Center for Health Policy and Research (CHPR) Publications


Spine update: understanding cost-effectiveness

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Family Medicine and Community Health; Center for Health Policy and Research; Clinical and Population Health Research



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Medical Subject Headings

*Cost-Benefit Analysis; Delivery of Health Care; Health Care Costs; Health Policy; Humans; Spinal Diseases


Health Services Administration | Health Services Research | Public Health


Although most people are familiar with the idea of cost-effectiveness, many wonder how--or whether--it should be applied to health care. This article discusses the concept of cost-effectiveness, techniques for measuring it, and the pitfalls and benefits of applying cost-effectiveness analysis to health care.

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Citation: Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 1996 Mar 1;21(5):646-50.

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Link to Article in PubMed