Assessing the Predictive Validity of the RAND/UCLA Appropriateness Method Criteria for Performing Carotid Endarterectomy

Published in: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, v. 14, no. 4, Fall 1998, p. 707-727

Posted on RAND.org on December 31, 1997

by Paul G. Shekelle, Mark R. Chassin, Rolla Edward Park

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The authors assessed the predictive validity of an expert panel's ratings of the appropriateness of carotid endarterectomy by comparing ratings to the results of subsequent randomized clinical trials. They found the trials confirmed the ratings for 44 indications (covering almost 30% of operations performed in 1981) and refuted the ratings for none.

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