Decision analysis to estimate cost effectiveness in neurosurgery

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Medical decisions often depend, in part, on cost-effectiveness concerns. Decision analysis is frequently used to help resolve these questions. Unfortunately, this technique has received little attention in neurosurgery. Using an example of moderate head injury, the authors illustrate the utility of this powerful tool in estimating the cost effectiveness of neurosurgical management options.

Abbreviations used in this paper:CT = computerized tomography; ICU = intensive care unit; PRN = as needed.

Medical decisions often depend, in part, on cost-effectiveness concerns. Decision analysis is frequently used to help resolve these questions. Unfortunately, this technique has received little attention in neurosurgery. Using an example of moderate head injury, the authors illustrate the utility of this powerful tool in estimating the cost effectiveness of neurosurgical management options.

Abbreviations used in this paper:CT = computerized tomography; ICU = intensive care unit; PRN = as needed.

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Address reprint requests to: Sherman C. Stein, M.D., Department of Neurosurgery, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Fifth Floor Silverstein Building, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, 3400 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104.

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