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 January 01, 2002

by James P. Kahan

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.

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