The Possibilities and Boundaries of Appropriateness Using the RAND/UCLA Method
Published in: Drug Research / Arzneimittel-Forschung, v. 52, no. 4, 2002, p. 18-19
Posted on RAND.org on December 31, 2001
In this article, the author describes the RAND/UCLA Appropriateness Method (RAM), which combines scientific evidence with expert judgment to assess the appropriateness of care for specific procedures applied to specific patients. Determining appropriateness is one way that western industrialized countries can face the challenge of developing an affordable health care system while preserving quality of care.