RAND/UCLA Appropriateness Method
In collaboration with clinicians at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), RAND Heath staff developed the RAND/UCLA Appropriateness Method to synthesize the scientific literature and expert opinion on health care topics. This method, which has become a leading paradigm for quality assessment in medicine, is a mechanism for reaching formal agreement about how science should be interpreted in the real world. It makes it possible to set rules for determining best practices-guidelines that, when implemented, increase the value of health care dollars spent because they increase the probability that the care delivered will contribute to improved health of the population.
The User's Manual presents step-by-step guidelines for conceptualizing, designing, and carrying out a study of the appropriateness of medical or surgical procedures, using the RAND appropriateness method.
An annotated bibliography describes pre-1999 uses of the RAND appropriateness method.